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DBS checks


Disclosure and Barring Services

DBS Checks are required for any person who works with children or vulnerable adults.

We are registered as an umbrella body with the DBS which means that we can process DBS checks for you, your staff and volunteers.
DBS checks were previously called CRB checks. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged and are now known as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

If you would like us to do your DBS check, you will need to make an appointment.

All checks are done face to face at our Letchworth office and usually take 10-15 minutes.

We may be able to visit your organisation to undertake the checks if you have a large number to be completed. To arrange an appointment please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more information about the Disclosure and Barring Service, the application process or tracking please take a look at their website.


Identification Documents

The person requiring the check will need to bring along original identification documents to the appointment. We suggest:

  • Passport, Driving Licence or Birth Certificate
  • National Insurance number (on either a p45 or p60)
  • Bank statement or utility bill with your current name and address which is less than 3 months old



If you have moved with the last 5 years, previous address details, including postcodes will be required. If you have changed your name, you will need to bring details including the date that your name changed.
For more information about DBS checks and suitable identification, please visit the DBS website.


DBS Check Costs

Standard DBS Check


Enhanced DBS Check


Checks are FREE for volunteers and unpaid staff within voluntary organisations.


NHCVS Administration Charges

Whilst DBS checks are FREE to volunteers / unpaid staff within voluntary organisations, please note that North Herts CVS charge an administration fee for each check carried out. Discounts are available for multiple checks. The charges are as follows:


For North Herts CVS Members

£12 per check

For other community and voluntary groups and individuals

£18 per check

For commercial groups and others

£25 per check   

Subscribe to the DBS Update service here (You must do this within 30 days of the certificate being issued)


You can track the status of an ongoing application with this link (Requires DBS Applicant Form Reference and Applicant's Date of Birth)