What Is The DBS Update Service, And Should I Subscribe?

Quick answer – YES, we fully recommend that you do. Let’s take a look at what the DBS Update Service is and why we recommend you subscribe as soon as you can.

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What is the DBS Update Service?

The DBS update service is an ‘online subscription service’ which lets you keep your Enhanced DBS certificate up to date. It also allows your future employers/agencies to easily check your DBS certificate and be notified if any information has changed since the certificate was first issued.


How much does it cost?

£13 every year. To subscribe to the ‘DBS Update Service’ you will need to pay an annual subscription fee of £13.


How do I apply for the DBS Update Service?

Register online here. Your certificates can only be subscribed to the service within28 days of receiving it, so it is important to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


How do I renew my subscription to the DBS Update Service?

When you subscribe you can opt to ‘renew automatically’ – this is the easiest option. If you don’t choose to renew automatically you’ll need to log into your account and make a payment 30 days BEFORE your current subscription ends so make a note in your diary!


Why should I subscribe?

The DBS Update Service is something we at Access Care always recommend to our carers. It allows you to use the same DBS certificate to register with multiple agencies- hence increasing your opportunities for work. It will also save you a lot of money if you are planning a long career in the Care Industry. At Access Care we Re-Register each of our carers every 2 years- this means re-checking all of our carer’s DBS results. Therefore, those carer’s who decided to put their DBS Certificate onto the Update Service save money by not having to apply for a brand new one. This will also save you time as you will not have to wait for the result to come back on a new certificate. Let’s recap the benefits of subscribing to the online DBS Update Service.

  • Applying online is quick & easy

  • It costs just £13 per year

  • It can renew automatically

  • No need to re-apply for checks when you work for different agencies/organisations in the same industry

I’m Frankie, Recruitment Consultant at Access Care Live-in Carer, a Recruitment Agency based in Hampshire, and I hope this article has helped to answer your question, if not, please don't hesitate to call - we are always happy to help where we can: 0800 980 3958


Best wishes

Frankie