Updated ID checking guidelines in line with new right to work rules

From 1st July 2021, new rules for right to work checks will apply. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need to provide evidence of a lawful immigration status in the UK.

In response to these changes, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has updated the ID checking guidelines for:

  • Basic DBS checks, submitted through a Responsible Organisation
  • Standard and Enhanced DBS checks

The updated Basic DBS check ID guidelines can be found at:

The updated ID guidelines for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks can be found at:

The changes to the guidelines:

  • In the ‘UK national’ route, reference to ‘EEA’ has been removed
  • Additional detail for the primary documents has been added for the ‘international’ route
  • An updated link to the right to work guidance has been included

The new guidance comes into effect from 1st July 2021. Some Registered Bodies and Responsible Organisations may require a period of time to make technical changes to their online systems.

In light of this, the existing ID checking guidelines will remain on GOV.UK alongside the new guidelines, until 1st October 2021, and either version can be used up until this date.

The temporary changes that were made to the ID checking guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are not affected by the above changes, and you can continue to operate in line with these.

PAYadvice.UK 23/6/2021

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