A DBS certificate only contains information from a DBS check on a certain date and for a particular purpose.
Employers can accept a previously issued certificate but must:
- check the applicant's identity matches the details on the certificate
- check the certificate is of the right level and type for the role applied for
- carry out a free-of-charge status check to see if new information has come to light since the certificate's issue; the applicant must have already joined the DBS update service
Employers can accept a previously issued certificate without a status check but at their own risk.