Keeping up to date

The Update Service

DBS check only shows your convictions on the date you get the check.

Join the update service to make sure your check stays up-to-date if you have a standard or enhanced check.

If you have a basic check, you can register an online services account to update your certificate or allow an employer to view it.

Keep your certificate safe

DBS cannot provide replacements for lost or damaged certificates so a new one is required

Certificates have security features to prove they’re genuine, including:

  • a ‘crown seal’ watermark repeated down the right side, visible both on the surface and when held up to the light
  • a background design featuring the word ‘Disclosure’, which appears in a wave-like pattern across both sides of a certificate – the pattern’s colour alternates between blue and green on the reverse
  • ink and paper that change colour when wet