What's a CQC-DBS number?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) allows employers to access the criminal record history of people working, or seeking to work, with vulnerable groups.

What's a CQC-DBS check?

A CQC-DBS disclosure is an enhanced DBS disclosure that's been countersigned by CQC. You'll need to apply for it on the CQC Disclosure Service site. The check results in a DBS certificate and disclosure number. The disclosure must be no more than 6 months old when you apply to register.

Who needs a CQC-DBS check?

  • All partners in a partnership.
  • All registered managers.
  • Anyone registering as an individual provider.

If you already have a DBS disclosure that you didn't obtain through CQC (and is therefore not countersigned by us) then we'll reject it.

Note: Nominated individuals need to supply an enhanced DBS disclosure number but unlike other registered persons this doesn't need to be a CQC-DBS.

How do you apply?

You must apply online. You’ll need to:

  1. Fill in an online DBS registration form on the CQC Disclosure Service website.
  2. Receive an email with a link and password to fill in the DBS online application (if successful).
  3. Print and take the referral letter, the fee and proof of identity to one of over 300 Post Offices for verification when requested.
  4. Wait to receive your CQC-countersigned DBS certificate in the post.

Then enter the DBS disclosure number printed on your DBS certificate into your application.

What if you get your DBS disclosure number too late?

You can’t submit your application until you get your DBS disclosure number, so make sure you apply for it in advance.