Updated ID Guidance for Non-UK Nationals Working in the UK.

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The Disclosure & Barring Service has issued updated ID guidelines for acceptable documents in line with the Home Office right to work checks.


The amendments, which came into effect in October, detail changes to the three routes for checking ID documentation, because of the Brexit vote.

In the update, non-UK nationals working in the UK can only use Route 1a, and this may be of particular interest to our Clients hiring in this country.


Route 1a (For non-UK national applicants needing a DBS check for paid work in the UK)


The applicant must be able to show the following:

  • 1 document from Group 1a; and
  • 1 further document from either Group 1, Group 2a or 2b, below


The combination of documents presented must confirm the applicant’s name, address and date of birth. If this can’t be achieved within 2 documents a third can be selected.

If an applicant is unable to provide this documentation, they can’t submit an application for DBS basic check. This is because the right to work in the UK can’t be established.

More detailed information about which document you may accept for right to work purposes, together with examples of what they look like can be found here.

To discuss these changes in further detail please get in touch with your Client Relationship Manager.

About Jessica Veal

With 10 years’ experience within financial and professional services, both in the UK and abroad, Jessica looks after Marketing Communications here at Vero Screening. After initially gaining a degree in Marketing, Jessica’s career has spanned from campaigns strategy in-house and at agency level, to leading COVID-secure online events.

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