On 1 December the Criminal Records Bureau will merge with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (“ISA”) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (“DBS”). Following the merger the DBS will be responsible for processing applications for criminal record checks as well as taking over the barring functions of the ISA.

There will be some small changes to the application form and certificate and some of the language used will change.  Application form orders received from 12 November will be supplied with DBS application forms. However, CRB application forms can be used until 28 February 2013. From 1 March 2013, only DBS application forms received will be processed.

DBS certificates will be issued for all completed checks from 1 December 2012, although any CRB certificates already issued will continue to remain valid. Registration details will transfer automatically to DBS and their contact details will not change.