Introduction – Where Can I Find My DBS Number?
One of our most frequently asked questions is, “Where can I find my DBS number?”
So let us answer the question for you immediately. Your DBS number is a 12-digit number which can be found in the top-right hand corner of your DBS certificate.
What Is A DBS Number?
Your Disclosure and Barring Service number is issued to you on your certificate, which is provided by the DBS following your DBS check.
If you have previously applied for a DBS check, you should have received a certificate that includes your DBS number. If you have not yet applied for a DBS check, you won’t have one. This is because the number is only generated once the application has been processed.
What Is A DBS Number Used For?
The DBS number is a reference number, used to identify an individual’s DBS check and the results of the check.
This is important because it helps employers and organisations to verify the authenticity of DBS certificates and to check the status of a check if required. It is also used by the DBS to keep track of the number of checks that have been processed and to maintain accurate records. If you want to read more about DBS Certificates, we have compiled a post just about the DBS Certificate that you can read now. What Is A DBS Certificate?
Where Can I Find My DBS Number?
The location of your number on your certificate may vary depending on the type of certificate you have received. However, on a standard DBS certificate, your DBS number is located at the top right-hand corner of the first page of the certificate, next to the heading “Certificate Number” or “Disclosure Number” if you have received a Scottish check.
The DBS number is a 12-digit number, and it is usually preceded by the letters “DBS”.
Due to the variety of DBS services and changing formats throughout the years, it’s hard for us to say with 100% certainty where your number might be located – but if you look for ‘Certificate Number’ or ‘Disclosure Number’ on the front of your certificate, you should be able to find it.
What If I’ve Lost My Certificate?
If you don’t have your DBS certificate and need to obtain your DBS number, you can contact the DBS customer services team for assistance. They will be able to give you it over the phone, as long as you can provide them with the necessary information to verify your identity and DBS check.
To obtain your DBS number, you will need to provide the following information to the DBS customer services team:
- Your full name as it appears on your application form
- Your date of birth
- Your current address
- The type of DBS check you applied for
- The application reference number (if you have it)
Once the DBS customer services team has verified your identity and DBS check details, they will be able to provide you with your DBS number over the phone.
However, if it’s been more than 93 days since the certificate was issued, you cannot get a replacement. Instead, a new check will need to be done. We have further information regarding a lost DBS Certificate in one of our latest articles, What If I Have Lost My DBS Certificate?
Conclusion – Where Can I Find My DBS Number?
In summary, your DBS number is a 12-digit number which can be found in the top-right corner of your DBS certificate. It is usually pre-fixed by the letters DBS. Your DBS number is used to verify your certificate, so keep it safe!
We hope this blog has answered any questions you may have about your number and DBS Certificates, but if you do have any more questions about anything DBS related, feel free to contact us at email@example.com, or ring us on 0113 877 0171. We’re always happy to help.
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John has processed more applications than days he has been alive, and has become the DBS expert. Got a question? He knows the answer!