How to Complete Your DBS Application Form
A Step By Step Guide
Welcome to SAFE's step by step guide on how to successfully complete your DBS application form in accordance with the DBS rules.
This guide will walk you through each section of the form and let you know what it is you need to write down. If you would like to know how to complete a specific section of your form, please see the index below.
- Getting started
- What ID you will need to send
- The Form on the Front
- The Application Form: Section a
- The Application Form: Section b
- The Application Form: Section c
- The Application Form: Section d
- The Application Form: Section e
- The Application Form: Sections x,w,y and z.
- The Application Form: Notes
We also recommend you refer to the DBS' own guide to applicants, found here.
- The form must be completed in BLACK ink only.
- You must not use correction fluid.
- All sections of the form that are marked in yellow are mandatory fields and must be completed.
- Answers must be completed using BLOCK CAPITAL letters, with one character per box, ensuring your handwriting remains within the boxes:
- You must provide spaces in your answers where there would be spaces in your normal writing:
- If you make a mistake, put a line through it and write the correct information to the right in the nearest available space:
- If there is no room to correct your answer, write the correct information on a seperate sheet of paper and send it to us with the application form.
Click here to see our guidance for applicants who are not a UK or EEA national and are applying for paid work (PDF).
Click here to see our guidance for all other applicants (PDF).
With your application form you will have received a yellow or white form stuck to the front:
Completing the form on the front of your application:
Please complete all sections of this form.
For the question "Does the position you are being DBS checked for involve working with children or adults at your home address", please only indicate 'Yes' if your work meets the requirements set out here.
The Application Form
|Section a - applicant's details|
|1||title||Select the relevant title OR if your title is not one of the options available you should write it in the 'other' section|
Provide your current surname
|3||forename(s)||Provide your current forename(s) - this includes any middle name(s) you may have|
|4||have you ever been known by any other names?||
If you have not used any other names, select 'No' and proceed to section 'a14'.
If you have selected 'Yes' for 'a4' you MUST provide a full history of the names you have been known by. The name history you provide in this section must date back to your birth*, even if one of your previous names is once again your current name. *Exceptions apply for adopted1 and transgender2 applicants.
Dates 'from' and 'to' must be completed in MMYYYY format i.e. July 1st 2013 would become 072013. Do not write 'from birth', 'still use it', 'not applicable' or any other similar phrases.
You must always complete both the surname and forename(s) sections (including middle names) even if the other part of your name hasn't changed. For example, if you have only changed your surname, you must still fill in the 'forename(s)' section when supplying the other surname.
If you are currently using two or more different names, provide one name in sections a1-a4 and provide your second name in this section with the 'from' date showing when you started using the second name and the 'to' date showing the present date.
|7||dates from and to|
|10||dates from and to|
|13||dates from and to|
|14||date of birth||
You must provide your date of birth in DDMMYYYY format.
i.e. 13th March 1980 would become:
Place a cross in the relevant box.2
|16||place of birth (town)||
Provide your town of birth
|17||place of birth (country)||
provide your countRy of birth (many applicants misread this as 'county')
Although completing these fields is not mandatory, we and the DBS may use the information in these sections to contact you should we have any queries regarding your application. This can greatly reduce the delays caused by alternatively sending written queries in the post.
|19||contact telephone number|
|20||do you have a national insurance number?||
Place a cross in the relevant box. If you have answered 'No' - proceed to 'a22'
|21||national insurance number||
If you have answered 'Yes' to 'a20' you must provide your NI number.
|22||do you hold a valid UK driving licence?||
Place a cross in the relevant box. Please note this refers to Full AND Provisional driving licences.
If you have answered 'No' - proceed to 'a24'
|23||driving licence number||
If you have answered 'Yes' to 'a22' you must provide your driving licence number here
|24||do you hold a valid passport?||
Place a cross in the relevant box. If you have answered 'No' - proceed to 'a30'
|25||passport number||If you have answered 'Yes' to 'a24' you must provide your passport number.|
|26||nationality||If you have answered 'Yes' to 'a24' you must provide your nationality as shown on your passport.|
|27||country of issue||If you have answered 'Yes' to 'a24' you must provide the country that issued your passport.|
|28||not used||These sections are no longer used and therefore should not be completed.
|30||do you have a Scottish vetting and barring number?||Place a cross in the relevant box. If you have answered 'No' - proceed to 'section b'.|
|31||scottish vetting and barring number||
If you have answered 'Yes' to 'a30' you must provide your Scottish Vetting and Barring Number.
|Section b: current address|
You should provide the first line of your current address here.
|You should provide the second line of your current address here (if applicable).|
|33||town/city||You should provide the postal town/city of your current address here.|
|34||county||You can provide the county of your current address here.|
|35||postcode||You should provide the postcode of your current address here|
|36||country||You should provide the country of your current address here.|
|37||at address since||Provide the month and year that you moved into your current address in MMYYYY format. Do not write 'from birth', 'still here ', 'not applicable' or any other similar phrases.|
This section should only be completed if you have lived anywhere other than the address provided in section b in the past 5 years.
If you do need to provide further addresses, this section should be completed as you completed section b with the first address line, town/city, postcode, country and dates being mandatory sections.
If there is not enough room on the form to list all of your address in the past 5 years, please download a DBS continuation sheet to complete and include in your form.
If you have had a complicated address history, have lived overseas or are unsure what information to provide; the DBS has issued a comprehensive guide for providing your address history, please click here for further information.
|43||dates from and to|
|49||dates from and to|
|Section d - do not complete|
|50||not used||These sections are no longer used and therefore should not be completed.|
|Section e - declaration by the applicant|
|55||have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or received a caution, reprimand or warning?||
Due to recent changes in legislation, applicants should now read this questions as 'do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings which would not be filtered in line with current guidance?' and place a cross in the relevant box.
There is no need to provide any further information.
|56||declaration by the applicant||
You must sign within the box, ensuring your signature does not touch or exceed the borders of the box.
|57||date of signature||Provide the date you have signed the form in DDMMYYYY format.|
|Sections W, X, Y and Z|
|These sections are for SAFE and DBS staff only, please do not write in or alter anything on the back page of the form.|
|1Applicants who were adopted before the age of 10 need not declare any names they used or were known by prior to their adoption.
2Transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to their employer and/or SAFE should contact the DBS sensitive team on 0151 676 1452 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on how to proceed.
If you can't find what you're looking for, or have further queries about completing your DBS form, please do not hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com or by phone on 01379 871091.
Please note: This guide is designed for applicants and organisations using (or wishing to use) SAFEcic's DBS checking service. While we will endeavour to assist you in any way we can, If you are using a different provider, we would recommend that your contact your provider directly.