Disclosure & Barring Service Procedures

Guide to completing a paper DBS application form

Please ensure that you read the instructions printed on the front of the application form and follow the guidance given throughout the form.

We strongly advise that you refer to the DBS website for guidelines on completing the application form.


  • Use black ink
  • Use capital letters
  • Complete sections a,b,c,d,e
  • Complete all the mandatory sections marked in YELLOW
  • Send in ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (not photocopies)
  • The DBS website provides a list of acceptable documents to support your application form
  • Provide all of your addresses (and the dates you lived there) during the past 5 years, including any University student address(es) you may have had and any overseas address(es)
  • Mark choices with a X
  • Write clearly – one character in each box
  • Complete the check-list as enclosed
  • Use continuation sheets for extra addresses that you cannot fit on the application form.



  • Write over the edges of each box
  • Place stamps or stickers on the form
  • Staple anything to the form
  • Use tippex
  • Strike out a section that is not applicable. Please leave it blank
  • Do not complete sections w,x,y
  • Send in photocopies of original documents