#AskAlice: 5 Tips to Speeding up Your DBS Application

For our second blog in the #AskAlice series, I decided to address the topical question of;

How do I speed up my employees’ DBS applications?

We’re regularly asked how to speed up DBS applications. Unfortunately, the truth is, there is no secret method. It all depends on the turnaround times at the DBS and the police force your DBS applications are being sent to.

That being said, there are a few factors we suggest to customers that can help ensure your applications aren’t delayed unnecessarily.

Take a look below for our 5 top tips to speeding up your applications!

  1. 1. Use an online system instead of posting your forms

Using an online system significantly speeds up the application process. Firstly, there are no delays in posting application forms and there’s no risk of them being lost in the post either! Personnel Checks’ online system is available for your employees to access 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and applications can be completed anywhere with an internet connection.


  1. 2. Prepare information before completing the application form

We find that some applicants begin completing the application form then have to stop to find and gather the required personal details. Make sure your applicants have the following to hand before completing their application forms.

  • National Insurance number
  • 5-year address history (including dates moved in and out of each address)
  • Details of previous names and the dates they were changed


  1. 3. Use a system that checks the form as it’s being completed

One of the benefits of using an online system is that it will not allow the applicant to submit the application form unless it is accurate and correct. If an application is sent to the DBS with incorrect information the DBS would raise a query which can cause long delays. By using an online system which checks the form as its being completed, it avoids any delays regarding queries with the applicants’ information.


  1. 4. Use a company that submits applications the same day

Personnel Checks promise to submit any applications submitted before 4pm to the DBS that same day. We send the application electronically, which means they arrive at the DBS on the same day and processing can begin immediately. If your applicants posted their applications, they could take a few days to arrive at the DBS.

  1. 5. Receive notification of completed DBS by email– instead of waiting for the certificate

The DBS communicate with Personnel Checks’ online system as soon as a DBS Check is complete. This generates an email immediately to your organisation confirming that the DBS Check is complete and if the result is clear or not clear. This then gives you a faster result of the DBS check instead of waiting for the applicant to receive the certificate at their home address by post and then present it to you.

As stated, there’s no secret recipe when it comes to ensuring a speedy turnaround time for your DBS checks but using a company that submits your applications the same day and allows you to apply for your checks online can dramatically reduce the processing times.

Apply for your DBS checks online here or for more information and advice on completing an application form, get in touch or visit our website here.

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Hello. Just wanted to ask how much time need to get DBS because I am from Croatia. Thank you.
10/2/2019 4:44:14 PM
Dawn Nelson
My DBS was done 6 weeks ago but I still have not received it. What can I do I needs to start work as soon as possible.
11/17/2019 11:37:10 AM
Dawn Nelson
My DBS was done 6 weeks ago but I still have not received it. What can I do I needs to start work as soon as possible.
11/17/2019 11:38:59 AM
We applied for a staff members DBS on Jan 20th 2020 (due to an allegation from a member of the public) we are still waiting for it to be returned
5/2/2020 2:17:56 PM

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