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Fees for DBS Checks Reduce

With effect from 1 October 2019, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be reducing the fees for DBS checks.

DBS has conducted a fee review and as a result, the fees for DBS checks will reduce as follows:

Type of DBS checkCurrent feeFee from 1 October 2019
Basic DBS check£25.00£23.00
Standard DBS check£26.00£23.00
Enhanced DBS check£44.00£40.00

The fee for the Update Service will remain the same, at £13 per year.

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Standard and enhanced volunteer applications will remain free-of-charge.

These reductions reflect the significant improvements in efficiency that DBS has achieved over the last few years and provides an opportunity for us to pass some of these benefits back to customers through lower pricing.

This also aligns with one of DBS’ strategic objectives to drive good value for money, with a fee reduction – one of our goals in the 2019/20 Business Plan.


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