How Long Does a DBS Last?

One of the most common questions we get at Aaron’s Department is “how long does a DBS check last?”

It’s a great question, due to there being no expiry date on the certificate itself. 

If someone you are wanting to hire has previously had a DBS check in the past, can you still use it, or does a fresh application need to be done? 

We’ll discuss all in this guide.

Do DBS Checks Have an Expiry Date?

Put short, DBS checks have no legal expiration date. They instead only have the date that the certificate was issued.

This means that all information is only accurate to the date which is displayed. If something were to happen after that date that could affect a job application, it would not be displayed.

Why It’s Important to Get a New DBS Check for a New Job

Because DBS checks are so important to businesses and employers when they are recruiting, many organisations will request a new DBS check for a new applicant.

At the end of the day though, it is up to the business whether they want to request a new DBS check on an employee.

Multiple businesses will also renew their employees’ DBS checks from time to time, usually every 2 to 3 years. This is also a requirement in some sectors.

Regulatory Body Requirements

Some regulatory bodies have requirements in place when it comes to accepting DBS Checks and when new applications should be requested.


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires staff that engage in regulated activity with adults (or children) need to have an Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List and the responsibility for renewing these checks is in the hands of employers. If a new check is not done and it turns out the employee is on the Barred List, it can have serious legal implications – something that is simply not worth the risk!


Another regulatory body that has requirements is Ofsted. They require that all staff who partake in regulated contact with children need to have an Enhanced DBS Check with Children’s Barred List.

Older DBS checks can be accepted if the individual is already registered with them, and is moving to a similar role within three months of leaving their current one.

However, someone moves a department or role in the same organisation, then it would require a new DBS check to carried out, regardless of the organisation’s renewal procedure.

For example, if someone moved from working with only children to working with adults and children.

Is My DBS Check Still Valid?

Since there is no expiry date on a DBS check, then technically it will be still valid, regardless of when it was done.

However, it is important to remember that any convictions/reprimands that have been given after the check was done will not be on the certificate. These can only be seen by requesting a new DBS check. 

If an individual has been added to the Adult’s/Children’s Barred List after their DBS check was done, then they cannot legally apply for any roles that include regulated activities with the relevant group. Just because it’s not on their current certificate does not mean it isn’t in effect. Of course, if the certificate does show they are on the Barred List, they still cannot apply for jobs with the relevant regulated activities.

So, How Long Does a DBS Check Last?

To summarise this guide, there is no legal period that a DBS check remains valid for. 

With that said, it is only accurate to the date on which it was printed as anything could happen between the date of print and the present date.

Get Your DBS Checks with Aaron’s Department Online DBS Service

If, as an employer, you’re wanting to update your staff’s DBS checks, or get new ones for potential employees, you can do so here at Aaron’s Department. Our online system allows you to request applications in a matter of minutes, making it easier than ever to keep DBS certificates up-to-date. 

On top of this, we have also written help guides for all things DBS checks which you can read to help you with your applications. 

Should you need any further clarification, please feel free to give our team a ring on 0113 877 0171, or send over an email to

Want to start applying for your DBS checks using our online system? You can do so by hitting the button below! 

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