DBS Identity Checks

The identity (ID) checking process is an integral part of the DBS check application. There are three routes, which incorporates a new external ID validation check for applicants who are unable to provide the required documentation at route one. If an external ID validation check is required, there will be an additional cost for this service.

Route One

If the applicant cannot produce a Group 1 document then go to Route Two.

Route Two

If the applicant fails the external validation check, they will need to go for fingerprinting, which will delay the overall application process.

Route Three

Only available where the applicant cannot meet the requirements of Route One or Two, you should have a discussion with them to establish why they could not meet these requirements and whether there has been a recent or previous change of name that has not been declared.

If the applicant fails to produce the required document set at Route Three, they will need to go for fingerprinting, which will delay the overall application process.

*All copies of UK birth certificates state 'certified copy' when issued by the General Records Office.

PLEASE INDICATE WHICH DOUMENTS HAVE BEEN SEEN

ID Document List

Group 1 ID Documents

Valid Passport – UK or EEA (or Non–EEA with a Biometric Residence Permit or current Work Permit/Visa Biometric Residence Permit (UK) Valid Driving Licence (UK) (Full or provisional) Isle of Man/Channel Islands; photo card only
Birth Certificate (UK & Channel Islands) –issued at time of birth (up to 42 days after) Full or short form acceptable including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces Adoption Certificate (UK) EU Driving Licence

Group 2a ID Documents

Current driving licence photocard – (full or provisional) for all countries outside the EU (excluding Isle of Man and Channel Islands) Current Driving licence (full or provisional) – paper version (if issued before 1998) for UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and EU Birth Certificate (UK & Channel Islands) – issued after the time of birth (after 42 days) by the General Register Office or relevant authority (i.e. Registrars).
Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) Firearms Licence (UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man) HM Forces ID Card UK

Group 2b ID Documents

Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA) – issued within the past 12 months Bank/Building Society Statement (UK and Channel Islands or EEA) – less than three months old Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA) – less than three months old
Financial Statement – issued within the past 12 months (e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK) P45/P60 Statement (UK & Channel Islands) – issued within the past 12 months Council Tax Statement (UK & Channel Islands) – issued within the past 12 months
Work Permit/Visa (UK) (UK Residence Permit) – valid upto expiry date Utility Bill (UK) – less than three months old – Not Mobile Telephone Benefit Statement – less than three months old – e.g. Child Allowance, Pension
Bank or Building Socity account opening confirmation letter (UK) – less than three months old Letter from head teacher or college princiapl for UK residents aged 16 to 19 in full time education. Only to be used in special circumstances if other documents cannot be provided.  
A document from Central/Local Government/Government Agency/ Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands) – less than three months old – e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security EU National ID Card Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK)