Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
The person being given a DBS check (the applicant) can check on the progress of their application using the DBS tracking service.
Employers can track multiple applications and order blank application forms online.
You can’t access the DBS update service through the tracking service.
Once the check is completed, DBS will send a certificate listing the results to the applicant. The employer will have to ask the applicant to see the certificate.
Certificates have security features to prove they’re genuine, including:
- a ‘crown seal’ watermark repeated down the right side, visible both on the surface and when held up to the light
- a background design featuring the word ‘Disclosure’, which appears in a wave-like pattern across both sides of a certificate; the pattern’s colour alternates between blue and green on the reverse
- ink and paper that change colour when wet
The security features for a CRB certificate issued before 1 December 2012 are the same as for the DBS certificate.