FAQ: How Often to Renew DBS Checks

How Often to Renew DBS Checks

The frequency with which you need to renew your DBS check depends on the organisation you work for, and the type of work you do. Some employers or organisations require a new DBS check to be conducted every year, while others may require it less frequently, such as every 3 or 5 years, and some only require one DBS check at the start of your employment.

If you are self-employed or work for multiple organisations, you may need to obtain a new DBS check for each organisation you work for. It’s best to check with your employer to confirm their policy on DBS checks, and when you need to renew yours.

The DBS Update Service

The DBS Update Service is a way of keeping your DBS check up-to-date indefinitely, making it reusable and transferable between employers. It costs £13 a year per applicant, along with the price of the original check.

Employers can check their employees on the update service to see if there have been any changes to their DBS records – if no, then their DBS is still valid. If a change is detected, a new DBS check must be purchased.

Aaron’s Department offers a DBS Update Service checking system, which saves employers time by removing the need to individually check each employee on the government portal.

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