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How To Order a UK Background Check Online

Updated: Mar 16


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In today's global workforce, ensuring the integrity and trustworthiness of your employees, contractors, and tenants is paramount. That's why at Global Background Screening, we've streamlined the process of obtaining UK Background Checks, making it easier than ever to secure reliable background information on potential hires or renters. With our international checkout portal, you can order checks in seconds, benefit from transparent pricing, and enjoy the convenience of no setup fees or contracts. Plus, our services are fully GDPR compliant, ensuring your peace of mind when it comes to privacy and data protection.





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UK Criminal Background Check Options at Your Fingertips


We offer four main types of UK Background Checks, catering to a variety of needs and requirements:


Illicit Activity Database Check ($40) 🌐


A broad search through multiple UK court sources, including global PEP lists, Sanctions, and Debarred Persons. This check offers a preliminary look into an individual's criminal history, identifying any potential risks. Ideal for a quick and centralized risk assessment.


Basic DBS Check ($82) 🕵️‍♂️


Ideal for a wide range of roles, this check reveals any unspent convictions within an individual's history. Perfect for those applying for roles that don't specifically require a DBS check but where employers still wish to conduct due diligence. This check is crucial for alcohol licence applications and certain visa categories, ensuring a safe and compliant recruitment process. Turnaround time is quick, taking only 1-2 days.


Standard DBS Checks Online ($90) 🔍


Required for positions in financial services, healthcare, prisons, and government buildings. This mid-level check reveals spent reprimands, warnings, cautions, and criminal convictions that are not filtered out as irrelevant to the job position. Available exclusively to companies or third-party organizations, it helps safeguard against internal threats in sensitive work environments.


Enhanced DBS Checks Online ($100) 💼

The most comprehensive background check available for roles involving direct contact with vulnerable groups. This check includes everything from spent and unspent convictions to cautions, warnings, and reprimands, plus checks against ISA-barred lists if necessary. Essential for teachers, healthcare workers, taxi drivers, and similar professions, Enhanced DBS Checks uphold the highest safety standards. Available only to companies, this check is processed in as little as 48 hours.



Notes: A conviction becomes ‘spent’ after a certain amount of time has elapsed, at which point the offender’s record is updated, and crimes are typically removed (some serious crimes, such as those involving children or other vulnerable members of society, may remain).

Expanding Your United Kingdom Background Checks Services


In addition to our UK Criminal Background Check Services, our platform provides an extensive range of services to ensure a holistic understanding of an individual's background.


Simply select the additional services you need during checkout:


UK Civil Searches:

Dive deeper with searches through the Crown Courts, High Courts, and Magistrate Courts based on residential addresses. Uncover vital information on writs, liens, and judgments from the past seven years to make informed decisions.


UK Bankruptcy Search:

Navigate financial stability with a detailed examination through Experian, pinpointing bad payment records, debt issues, and bankruptcy or insolvency findings. Understand the financial integrity of your potential hires or tenants.


UK Credit Reports:

Our targeted search through Experian focuses on financial irregularities without disclosing full credit details per law. It highlights critical information such as outstanding judgments, arrangements to clear debts, or reviews against judgments.


Social Media & Adverse Media Searches:

Gain insights into an applicant's online presence and media portrayal. These checks offer a broader view of an individual's character and potential risks they might pose.


International Employment and Education Verifications:

Verify the authenticity of an applicant’s employment history and educational credentials. These checks are fundamental in confirming the qualifications and experiences claimed by potential hires.


UK MVR Check:

Ensure the safety and compliance of your driving staff with checks through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Receive a comprehensive driving abstract, validating licenses and recording any driving offenses.



Why Choose Global Background Screening?


Ordering UK Background Checks through our international portal not only saves you time but also guarantees compliance with the highest standards of data protection and privacy. We understand the importance of fast, accurate, and reliable background checks in today's fast-paced world, and our platform is designed to provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about who you're bringing into your organization.

Explore our services today and start screening with confidence!


  • Personalized Dashboard: Applicants enjoy the convenience of monitoring their screening process, while clients can order, track, and manage checks effortlessly.

  • Comprehensive Services: From civil searches to MVR checks, our range of services ensures a full spectrum analysis of applicants.

  • Global Coverage: Conduct background checks worldwide in 180 countries with our extensive network, ensuring no candidate is beyond reach.

  • Integration Capabilities: Our platform's versatility allows for seamless integration with your existing HR systems for a streamlined workflow.

  • Volume Discounts: Benefit from our cost-effective solutions designed to support businesses of all sizes with volume discounts.






Start your screening journey with confidence today through Global Background Screening, and experience the ease of ordering UK Background Checks in seconds. Our commitment to transparency, rapid results, and compliance makes us the premier choice for all your background screening needs.


Additional Information:


Below are the two types of documents your applicant will require to provide during our online screening invite for any of the 3 Disclosure and Barring Services criminal searches listed above:


Applicant Document Requirements (Only 1 from each group)


Group 1 - Supporting Documents


  • Current valid Passport

  • Biometric residence permit (UK)

  • Current Driving Licence (UK / Isle of Man / Channel Islands) (Full or provisional)

  • Birth certificate - issued within 12 months of birth

  • UK and Channel Islands

  • Full or short form acceptable

  • Including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces

  • Photocopies are not acceptable

  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands)



Group 2 -Supporting Documents


  • Current Photo Driving Licence - All countries (full or provisional)

  • Issued in any country other than those in Group 1

  • Current Driving licence - paper version

  • UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands

  • Full or provisional

  • Birth certificate - issued after time of birth

  • UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands

  • issued after the time of birth by the General Register Office/relevant authority i.e. Registrars

  • Photocopies are not acceptable

  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

  • HM Forces ID Card (UK)

  • Fire Arms Licence (UK, Isle of Man / Channel Islands)

  • Immigration document, visa or work permit

  • Issued by a country outside the UK. Valid only for roles whereby the applicant is living and working outside of the UK. Visa/permit must relate to the non-UK country in which the role is based

  • Mortgage Statement (UK)**

  • Bank/Building Society Statement (UK & Channel Islands)*

  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter (UK)*

  • Credit Card Statement (UK)*

  • Financial Statement ** - e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK)

  • P45/P60 Statement **(UK & Channel Islands)

  • Council Tax Statement (UK & Channel Islands) **

  • Utility Bill (UK)* - Gas

  • Utility Bill (UK)* - Electricity

  • Utility Bill (UK)* - Water

  • Utility Bill (UK)* - Phone (landline only)

  • Benefit Statement* - e.g. Child Allowance, Pension

  • A document from Central/ Local Government/ Government Agency/ Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands)*- e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service , Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security

  • EEA National ID Card

  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)

  • Letter from Head Teacher or College Principal (16-19 year olds in full time education in the UK (only used in exceptional circumstances when all other documents have been exhausted))

  • Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider

  • Non-UK only

  • Valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application

  • Must still be valid

  • Irish Passport Card

  • Must be valid. Cannot be used with an Irish Passport


Please Note:


If a document in the List of Valid Identity Documents is:

  • Denoted with * - it should be less than three months old

  • Denoted with ** - it should be issued within the past 12 months

  • Not denoted - it can be more than 12 months old


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