On 17 January 2018, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launched a new online application service for England and Wales. The service will allow individuals who require a copy of their criminal record for the purpose of their job role, to make a direct application to the DBS for “basic disclosure” of their record. The online site can be accessed via the Government information portal: www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record.  

The site indicates that:

  • “The check will only show convictions that aren’t ‘spent’, for example some types of  caution will disappear after 3 months.
  • It costs £25. 
  • You must be 16 or over to make the request.
  • It usually takes up to 14 days for you to receive your certificate.
  • The service is available from 8am to 8pm.”

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