Manchester City Council

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DBS process and certificates

You can complete and submit an online DBS application. The cost of the online DBS is not included in any MCC driver application cost and must, be paid, direct to CBS Ltd. Visit the DBS page for more information on this new process.

It is mandatory for all applicants to have a current DBS certificate and are signed into DBS update service. This allows us to carry out status checks and is done as part of the online DBS process.

If your current DBS certificate was not provided by this online process, then you will need to show us the original certificate when we ask for it.

What you need to do

Whether during the currency of your driving licence or prior to the expiry of your existing DBS certificate, you must provide us with an up-to-date DBS certificate. This certificate, will be used as a ‘baseline certificate’ for the update service. We will do an annual check online, which will provide us with any changes to the status of your ‘baseline certificate’, we will accept certificates issued by another authority provided it is an ‘enhanced certificate’ and you have signed into the DBS annual checking service.

What we will do

We will, for every driver licensed with Manchester, make an annual online DBS check, to ensure no changes are received to the last DBS certificate.  If we are unable to carry out this check, because drivers have failed to sign up to the update service, it is likely that your current drivers licence will be suspended and will remain suspended until a satisfactory updated DBS certificate is received.

If the check indicates that a change has occurred to the status of the ‘baseline certificate’ then we ask for a new DBS application to be completed and a new certificate. At this time a senior officer will consider the suspension of the existing licence.

Otherwise no further action will be taken by us.

We conform to the DBS codes of practice, details can be found on the DBS website.

It is important that you tell us about criminal convictions during the validity your current drivers licence.  See recent driving or criminal convictions for details. 

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