Ofsted DBS Application Portal

Step Three – ID check

It is a legal requirement of the DBS that you confirm your identity, therefore we require you to complete an ID check as part of your application.

Before completing this step you should have completed Step Two - payment and online application. If you have not completed Step Two, we will be unable to proceed with your application.

 Please click here to download and print the identity checking form including full instructions .

Please note this method of ID verification is the cheapest available to our applicants, however there is an alternative.

The Post Office charge £7.15 over the counter to use their “ID Checking Service”. Please note, the Post Office will only verify the following documents:

  • Passports
  • Driving Licences
  • Recent utility bills (within 3 months)
  • Recent bank statements (within 3 months)

*Please note, you will need a minimum of 3 ID documents.

To use this service please download and print the "ID Checking Service Form"

Please send your Identity Checking Form to our office by the following methods:

  • email to
  • post to Ofsted Team, Security Watchdog, 2nd Floor Belgravia House, 115 Rockingham Street, Sheffield, S1 4EB.

Please note: It is a criminal offence to impersonate another person, assist in an impersonation of another person, or attempt to do so. Fines and/or imprisonment can result. If we suspect you are impersonating someone else we will report the matter to the police.

Once you have submitted your application and identification documents to Capita you will receive an email (if you supplied an email address within e-Bulk) with tracking details for your application. Once completed by the DBS you should receive your enhanced certificate in the post within 6 weeks. Please note this is an indicative timescale. If you do not receive your certificate within 6 weeks, please contact the DBS on 0870 90 90 811 selecting option 1.

Ofsted may contact you and request the original copy of your certificate.

Please now proceed to Step Four.

Step One

Understand each of the steps and actions required to make a DBS application.

Step Two

Online e-Bulk application completed and payment made.

Step Three

ID check and ICF or Post Office form completed and signed by Responsible Person.