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How can I get a DBS check?

There seems to be quite a lot of confusion generally about DBS checks. You cannot apply directly to the DBS Service but you can apply for your own DBS check at Whilst there appears to be no fixed time validity,, the generally available guideline is that a DBS should be valid for three years, and that's the standard we recommend at ACTO.

As soon as you receive your DBS check we would recommend you apply to which is their updating service – you need to do this within 19 days of the date of your DBS certificate, but in future this will avoid you having any duplication.