New ID checking guidelines

New DBS ID checking guidelines introduced

As part of our commitment to providing a great service to our customers, we’re always making sure we’re up to date with legislation and process changes at the DBS. This way, with every change to legislation, we can ensure our service still complies – so whether that means making tweaks to our bespoke online system, or updating our processes when checking supporting documentation for our clients’ applications, we make sure it gets done!

From January 2017, the DBS have introduced new guidelines for checking identification documentation when applying for a DBS check.

What are the changes?

The changes to the ID checking guidelines mean that non-EEA nationals applying for a DBS check to undertake paid work must now provide Right to Work documentation as proof of ID. If they are unable to provide these documents, then a DBS cannot be applied for.

How will the changes affect me?

Anyone who checks supporting documentation for DBS checks must comply with the new regulations. You must now ensure that you have seen and verified Right to Work documentation – in addition to other required documents - when processing an application for a non-EEA national.

If you’re an eSafeguarding customer who uses our document checking service, you don’t need to do anything, as we will continue to process your applicants’ documentation in line with current DBS guidelines.

Why have new ID checking guidelines been introduced?

The changes are being introduced so that the DBS’s identity checking process is better aligned with ‘Right to Work’ checks. These state that employers must prevent people working illegally in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them.

The new guidelines apply to all applications for both standard and enhanced checks. These will run in parallel with the existing guidelines until the 25th of January 2018, when the existing guidelines will cease to apply.

While these changes are the ones we think our customers will find affects them most, there are also some other minor document changes.

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New guidelines giving you a headache? Don’t forget we also provide an optional document checking service for all our customers – contact us at to find out how you can benefit.