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September 2 2019

Proposed reduction to DBS fees

In July 2019, the DBS laid secondary legislation before Parliament to reduce their fees with effect from 1 October 2019.

The key changes are as follows:

Type of DBS check

Current fee

Fee from 1 October 2019

Basic DBS check



Standard DBS check



Enhanced DBS check



We are already working on plans to reduce our charges by the same amount once the DBS fee reduction is approved by Parliament. The reduced fee will apply to all new orders placed on and after 1st October (if this is the date confirmed by Parliament).

Standard and enhanced checks for volunteers will continue to be provided free by DBS; so there will be no change to the Verifile charge.

For any clients using the Update Service directly with DBS, the fee of £13 will remain the same.

DBS will publish this information on in advance. 

We’ll update you once Parliament has approved the fee reduction so you know what to expect in October. We are, of course, hopeful that Parliament will approve the fee reduction bill.