Update Service

Applicants Guide

How to register for the update service

You can register online as soon as you have your application form reference number. You can ask for the number when you apply for your DBS check.

Or you can wait and register with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. If so, you must do so within 19 days of the certificate being issued.

You can view your details online once you’ve registered.

To check the progress of your DBS certificate use the DBS tracking service (Please note the tracking service is available in all browsers excluding Google Chrome).

Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13 per year (payable by debit or credit card only). There’s no charge if you’re a volunteer.

You’ll get an ID number with your registration that you need to log on to the service.

For further information regarding the update service click here.

What you get

When you join, you’ll get an online account that lets you:

  • take your certificate from one job to the next
  • give employers permission to check your certificate online, and see who has checked it
  • add or remove a certificate

Read the detailed guidance for applicants.

Employers and other organisations Guide

Employers and other organisations can check someone’s DBS certificate status online and get a result straight away.

There’s no registration process or fee for employers to check a certificate online, but employers must:

Read the detailed guidance for employers.