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DBS: Transportable DBS Check (Update Service)

This is a guide to registering for a Transportable DBS Check (on the old system – Fourteen Fish and the new system – Employment Check)


You can register online as soon as you have your application reference number. This is the number (F0….. ) located at the top right hand side of your application form from Fourteen Fish or it’s the E0….. number which you will be able to locate on the new system – Employment Check under  ‘Application status’. To subscribe using your application reference number, your application must be received by the DBS within 28 days.

Note of caution: If Wessex LMCs receive an application form that is completed incorrectly, or insufficient proof of identification is provided, there may be a delay in forwarding your form to the DBS!

Or you can wait and register with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. This is the number located at the top right-hand side of your certificate that is referred to as the certificate number. To subscribe using your certificate number, your certificate must have been issued within the last 30 days. In view of the note above this may be your preferred option.

To check the progress of your DBS certificate, use the DBS tracking service.

Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13 per year (payable by debit or credit card only).

You’ll get an ID number with your registration that you will need to log on to the service.

What you get

When you join, you’ll get an online account that lets you:

DBS Transportable / update service

Employers and other organisations

Employers and other organisations can check someone’s DBS certificate status online and get a result straight away.

There’s no registration process or fee for employers to check a certificate online, but employers must :

Read the detailed guidance for employers on this website: DBS Update Service: employer guide – GOV.UK (

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Updated on Wednesday, 27 September 2023 11773 views