Fee reduction for DBS checks approved in Parliament

Fee changes for DBS checks will be introduced from 6 April 2022. The change to the legislation was approved in Parliament on the (16th of March).

The fees will reduce as follows:

Type of DBS check Current fee Fee from 6 April 2022
Basic DBS check £23 £18
Standard DBS check £23 £18
Enhanced DBS check £40 £38
Enhanced with Barred Lists DBS check £40 £38

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

Standard, Enhanced, and Enhanced with Barred Lists DBS checks for volunteer applications will remain free-of-charge for the DBS Fee, but will still be subject to the eSafeguarding administration fees.

Eric Robinson, CEO of DBS, said:

“We aim to offer good value for money to our customers and, after a review, we are pleased to be able to reduce the fees for DBS checks. The change in fees reinforces our commitment to providing high quality, reliable, consistent, timely and accessible services.”