ID Guidelines for DBS checkers: Driving Licence changes

Charity BackRoom. Home Office nominated umbrella body for DBS checking.

For those who are carrying out ID checks for the purposes of DBS checking, the Disclosure and Barring Service has published the following guidance.

From January 2015, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

What this means for you
From January 2015, a photocard driving licence issued by DVLA without the paper counterpart will now be classified as a Group 1 primary identity document.

For clarity, this means that there is no requirement to view the paper counterpart for driving licences issued prior to January 2015.

This change does not have any impact on how you validate an applicant's identity and you are reminded these are minimum ID requirements set by DBS.

Charity BackRoom offers an electronic DBS checking service available to any organisation, which makes applying for your DBS checks faster, simpler and cheaper. If you require any more information on this article, are still using paper applications or want to enquire further about e-DBS checking, contact 01603-883829/756726.

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