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Portable DBS – is there an expectation that applicants holding a portable DBS will complete a new one when seeking new employment with another agency?

Sheila Scott
Answered by Sheila Scott


Dear Lyn,


Thank you for your question.


Things have changed recently. For instance, the Government website says:


The online Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service allows:

  • applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date
  • employers to check a DBS certificate



You need to register to use the update service.


Registration costs £13 per year (payable by debit or credit card only). There’s no charge if you’re a volunteer.


You can read all about the changes at and the full details of how it would affect you.


Best wishes.



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