What Are BPS and DBS Checks?
BPSS and DBS checks are two different types of background checks. A BPSS check is a basic type of background check that can be done at the county level, and does not have to be ordered by an employer. These checks typically include information about criminal records, employment history, education history, etc. A DBS check is more in-depth and includes a fingerprint scan for identification purposes. These types of checks can only be requested by employers who need to verify information before hiring someone new to their company or organization.
They are often used to check for a criminal history and other potential issues.
A BPSS is only available at the county level, while a DBS can be done nationwide through an FBI database with fingerprint identification credentials. For this reason, many employers opt to use DBS checks instead of BPSS when they have open positions in their company or organization. A DBS check will typically cost more than a basic background check as it requires individual attention from qualified individuals who must access the information using specialized software programs that may not necessarily be free-of-costs. It’s important to remember that both types of checks give insight into an applicant’s past histories so make sure you’re looking for what best suits your needs before you decide to move forward with one or the other.
Also, in order for a DBS check to be done, the applicant must provide their fingerprint information. That means they will need to go into an office and have their fingerprints scanned before a background check can take place.
A BPSS is less expensive than a DBS as it doesn’t require any additional steps from the individual in order to start looking at past histories of that person. This could be beneficial if you’re hiring someone on-the-spot or don’t want them out of work too long while waiting for authorization paperwork to process through your company’s system.