The DBS Check enables us to find out if there are any previous criminal convictions/cautions recorded against you. You have a duty to tell us about any convictions in order to help us decide whether you are “fit and proper” to hold a licence.
All DBS checks will be to an enhanced level and will be checked against the children and adult Barred Lists. These checks take place every 6 months.
You will be required to subscribe to the DBS update service once you have completed an initial DBS application form.
Any DBS check will be rejected if it’s over 3 months old.
If you have a conviction
If you have any cautions or convictions recorded against you, it might affect your application for a licence. This is because we have to be satisfied that you are “fit and proper” for the safety and protection of the travelling public. We may take into account spent convictions if appropriate.
When considering an application for a driver’s licence and the test of “fit and proper”, we will consider if we would allow a person to travel alone in a vehicle driven by you at any time of day or night. If the answer to the question is “no”, we will likely consider that you should not hold a licence.
A certificate of good conduct will be required from any applicant who has lived overseas for any period of time since the age of 18. Further information on criminal record checks for overseas applicants can be found on GOV.UK.
The certificate must include both criminal and motoring matters and be translated into English. Only original documents will be accepted.
Relevance of convictions
You can view further information about the rehabilitation periods for convictions and the relevance of convictions or behaviour when considering applications.
DBS have produced a number of privacy policies in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). These explain how they will use your personal data within each of their services and outline your rights.
When making your application for a licence and undertaking a DBS check, it is important that you make yourself aware of the relevant privacy policies before you submit an application.