FAQ: How Long Do DBS Checks Take?

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How Long Do DBS Checks Take?

If you are waiting for your DBS check to be completed, then of course, you will be wondering, how long do DBS Checks take? There is nothing worse than the period of time when you wait for a DBS Check to be completed.

The vast majority of DBS checks will be processed in a matter of days, usually no longer than a week. You can see our fastest check of the year on our homepage – at the time of writing, our fastest returned DBS check came back to us in just 49 minutes!

In some cases, an application might take significantly longer due to mistakes on the form, or if there are delays in receiving information from external agencies, such as the police.

How Long Do DBS Checks Take With Aaron’s Department?

At Aaron’s Department, we fast-track every application we receive, for no extra cost. Our easy-to-use online application form can be filled out in minutes, and if it’s sent to us before 4pm on a weekday, it’ll be checked, countersigned and sent on to the DBS the very same day.

From there, it’s in the DBS’s hands. No Umbrella Body can guarantee a DBS application will be completed in any specific timeframe – not even Aaron’s Department – because the DBS and local police forces involved in the check are separate (and largely unaccountable) organisations. Sometimes we’ll have the results within the hour, but sometimes, the DBS takes longer.

As an Umbrella Body, Aaron’s Department can raise a complaint with the DBS in the rare instances where a check has taken longer than 60 days to be returned. In almost all cases, the check is returned within 10 days of this complaint being raised. We’ll do whatever we can to speed up your DBS application, so we raise this complaint automatically, whenever necessary.

How long do DBS checks take


To answer the question, How long do DBS checks take? The answer is that the vast majority of DBS checks will be processed in a matter of days, usually no longer than a week.

To find out more about the services we can offer, you can read more in our DBS Checks For Organisations article or email contact@aaronsdepartment.com or call us on 0113 877 0171, or you can register above to start your DBS Checks today.

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