Disclosure and Barring Service checks

Page last updated: 22 February 2024
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All applicants need to supply us with a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) number as part of the registration process. For most applicants, the DBS check must be countersigned.

Find out what type of DBS check you need in our guide to DBS checks for CQC registration.

If you need a CQC-countersigned DBS number

You must send us your CQC-countersigned DBS number in your application. A CQC-countersigned DBS number is different to one you might have from a previous job. If your DBS number is not countersigned by CQC it will not be valid. This means we will have to reject your application.

Getting a CQC-countersigned DBS number can take up to 8 weeks. So it’s the first thing you should deal with.

4. Supporting documents

Apply for your checks

See our guide to DBS checks for CQC registration to find out:

  • what type of DBS check you need
  • how to apply