Applying for a disclosure
The DBS will only accept applications for disclosures from approved registered bodies. Applicants for drivers licences will therefore need to request their disclosure through us, and we will provide the appropriate application forms with our application packs.
Completed disclosure application forms should be handed in at the same time as the licence application form. The forms will be checked by a licensing officer to ensure they have been correctly completed, as errors can drastically increase the time taken to process the disclosure certificate.
Before we can request a disclosure, we are have to verify the identity of the person applying. To do this, we will need to see a number of pieces of approved identification, ranging from photographic government-issued documentation through to official letters, bank statements or utility bills. For further details on these identification requirements, please see our guidance on completion of DBS application form (PDF 102 KB)
If it is not possible to produce certain types of primary identification (such as a valid passport or photo driving licence), applicants will be required to undergo a further identity check, carried out by an external validation company. We will arrange for this, but a further fee will be payable by an applicant for this service.
The current fee for an enhanced disclosure is £44, and this is payable by applicants at the time of application. We do not charge an additional admin fee for licence applicants, as this cost is included in the licence fee.
As disclosure certificates can only be considered accurate on the day they are issued, we are not able to accept any disclosures obtained previously or through other bodies. We also do not make use of the DBS Update service at this time, although we intend to review this position later in 2014.
Telephone: 01442 228225 / 228487