Last reviewed on 9 August 2021
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DBS checks don't expire – it's for the school employer to decide if you need a new check. Find out when you might be asked for a new one, and how the DBS Update Service can help you keep your certificate up to date.

All governors need a DBS check 

All governors in maintained schools and trustees and local governors in academies need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you're in regulated activity, you'll also need a barred list check.

Find out more about DBS check requirements and whether your role involves regulated activity in our articles for maintained schools and academies.

Employers decide whether to accept existing DBS certificates

If you're a new governor and have previously had a DBS check, it's up to the employer to decide whether to accept your existing DBS certificate or require you to get a new check. However, you must have a new check if your current one is:

If you previously had a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, your certificate continues to cover you until the employer decides