Disclosure check – what ID is required?

Adults who help with the work of Scouting on anything other than a very occasional basis (less than once a month that is) must undertake a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check. This is what we used to refer to as a “CRB” check. It is not optional.

Whilst this check is one of whether or not an adult has a criminal record, the primary reason it is undertaken is that it allows the assisting adult to become a member of the Scout Association and hence insured when working with young people.

Here are some government guidelines on what ID you need to bring to start the check.



Broadly speaking, the ID requirements can be summarised – for the majority of people – as follows:

  1. Full name including middle name
  2. Address, telephone number, email address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Passport – number, start date, and expiry date
  5. Drivers license – number and expiry date
  6. One utility or bank/building society bill dating from the quarter before the application

Access to the internet and the ability to use email is an absolute requirement for the modern DBS check.