DBS Document Helper


The document helper endpoint is designed to make it easier for you to:

  • Comply with DBS standard when carrying out the Face2Face meeting with the candidate.
  • Choose which documents to view to confirm the candidate's identity.
  • Let us know which documents you have seen when confirming the candidate's identity.

The document helper endpoint takes 3 arguments depending on what DBS check you have selected.

The response will be 4 lists/groups of documents that the candidate can use to prove their identity.

Basic criminal checks

Basic criminal checks require you to provide the candidate's nationality (2 letter ISO code) and the purpose of check.

For basic criminal checks you must supply at least two different identity documents.

At least one document must be from one of the lists of primary documents. The other can be from any other group.

If the candidate cannot supply a document from the primary group, at least three documents must be supplied with at least one document coming from the secondary group.

The documents selected must confirm the candidate's name, address and date of birth.

GET /api/v1//metadata/valuesets/dbsacceptabledocuments/values?nationality=GB&PurposeOfCheck=Paid Work in UK

Standard or enhanced criminal checks

Standard and enhanced criminal checks require the candidate's nationality (2 letter ISO code) and the job role ID.

For standard or enhanced criminal checks you must supply at least three different identity documents.

At least one document must be from one of the lists of primary documents. The other can be from any other group.

If the candidate cannot supply a document from the primary group, at least three documents must be supplied with at least one document coming from the secondary group.

The documents selected must confirm the candidate's name, address and date of birth.

GET /api/v1//metadata/valuesets/dbsacceptabledocuments/values?nationality=GB&JobRoleId=104