What Should I Do With My DBS Certificate?
Once your DBS Check is completed, you will receive your DBS Certificate through the post. Your DBS certificate is an important document and once you have received your it, you should show it to your employer immediately.
They will need to see the original certificate, but they may also ask to take a copy for their records, which can only be done with your consent. The original certificate should be returned to you.
If employers do keep a copy of your DBS certificate, they must store it securely and confidentially. They must not share it with anyone else without your permission.
What Should I Do With My DBS Certificate After My Employer Has Seen It?
After your employer has seen your DBS certificate, it is important that you keep it safe. Once your DBS certificate has been received, The DBS will not issue another certificate if you lose, damage or destroy it. The DBS will only replace a certificate if it has been lost in transit.
If you want to find out more about the eligibility of a DBS reprint, we have a useful article that you may find helpful: What If I Have Lost My DBS Certificate.
It is vital to keep your DBS Certificate once received as your employer may ask to see your certificate again in the future, or if you change your job, whilst it is unlikely that your employer will accept your old DBS check and request you undertake a new check, it may be beneficial for a new employer to see that you have undertaken the process previously. If you work for an agency, your place of work may request proof of your DBS check
Conclusion – What Should I Do With My DBS Certificate
Your DBS certificate is an important document that should be kept safe and secure. It is important to show your original certificate to your employer immediately after receiving it, but they should only make a copy with your consent. Your employer must keep your DBS certificate securely and confidentially, and they must not share it with anyone else without your permission.
After your employer has seen your DBS certificate, it is important that you keep it safe. You may need to show it to them again in the future, or you may need to show it to a new employer if you change your job.
Here are some tips for keeping your DBS certificate safe:
- Keep it in a safe place in your home, such as a locked drawer, filing cabinet or document folder.
- Make a note of your DBS number and keep it in a separate place.
- Do not share your certificate with anyone else.
- If you do not receive your DBS Certificate after 14 days of the certificate being posted, get in touch with the DBS to request a reprint.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your DBS certificate is kept safe.
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