A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: How to Obtain a DBS check – Basic Disclosure (UK)

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Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. Job applicants can’t do a criminal record check on themselves. Instead, they can request a basic disclosure from Disclosure Scotland (you don’t have to be from Scotland to do this).

The cost of a basic disclosure is £25. You’ll need to pay when you apply using a credit or debit card.


14 calendar days (not including postage time).


You’ll need the following information to hand before you start your online application:

1. Your address details for the past five years
2. Your National Insurance number
3. pen and paper/printer to note down your reference number at the end of the process
4. You’ll need to supply a copy of one piece of personal ID which includes your date of birth, such as your:
a. passport
b. driving licence
c. birth certificate
d. National Identity card
5. You’ll also need to supply a copy of one of the following, which includes your current address:
a. utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone)
b. rental agreement/mortgage (must be typed not handwritten)
c. current bank statement
d. doctor’s letter

Track your application
48 hours after you’ve applied, you’ll be able to use the application tracker to see the progress of your application.

Reference number
The acknowledgement will include an 18-digit application reference number. It will look something like this: 008171475060354444.


By telephone: 03000 2000 40 –

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5 pm

Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

(Standard rate – find out more about call charges)

If you’re calling from overseas telephone 0044141 427 2284
By email: info@disclosurescotland.gsi.gov.uk


Application link:

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