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20 March 2020

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced temporary changes to the standard and enhanced ID checking guidelines, effective from 19 March 2020, to ensure necessary checks can still be conducted in light of current measures in place as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The temporary changes will permit:

  • ID documents to be viewed over video link
  • scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted

The applicant will be required to present the original versions of these documents when they first attend their employment or volunteering role.

The change will assist those companies screening personnel to BS 7858 when conducting identity checks.

Full details are available here:


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