Why do I need to have a DBS check done?
IAB promotes the highest levels of Integrity and DBS checks are a way that members can demonstrate professional standards in bookkeeping and in relation to Anti Money Laundering. (note DBS checks are becoming commonly used by many employers)
How long is DBS Check Valid for?
A DBS Certificate is based on the information available to the DBS Service on the date it is issued. To ensure checks are relatively current, IAB will accept evidence of a DBS check dated within the past 6 months, upon renewal or application.
No, a DBS certificate dated within the past 6 months will only be requested upon application or renewal of your Membership and not on renewal of your AML Supervision.
( The only exception being, when registering for AML Supervision and the DBS check you provided for Membership is more than 6 months old, you will be required to provide a one dated within the past 6 months)
How do I provide IAB with my DBS check information?
You can provide your DBS ‘share code’ or ‘consent code’ or upload a scan of your DBS certificate using the link in your email. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
I live outside the UK can I get a DBS check?
Members that reside overseas, Channel islands, Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland are not required to provide an annual DBS check.
Can I be a member of IAB without a DBS check?
The IAB require evidence of a valid DBS check dated within the past 6 months upon application or annual renewal.
How much does a DBS check cost?
IAB recommend using the Government site:
The current charge for England and Wales is £18.
The IAB will only accept a DBS certificate from the Gov.uk site or one of the following recommended Government Responsible Organisations.
Is my DBS information secure?
Yes. IAB only need to know the result. That is why we prefer the single use ‘share’ code provided to the individual by the DBS Service which allows IAB to confirm just the check result. This way of accessing the result is convenient and time limited.
IAB will accept scanned (not photographed) copies of DBS certificates in .pdf format but members should be aware that email transmission of documents is less secure and use of this method is at the members own responsibility.
Does it matter whereabouts I live in the UK when applying for a DBS check?
Yes, it does:
Depending where you live in the UK there is a different service. Use these links.
England & Wales : https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record?
Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/accessni-criminal-record-checks?
What is a ‘BOOM’?
BOOM stands for ‘Beneficial Owner, Officer or Manager’
For a full definition and explanation. Read Section 3.2.5 of this guidance:
Why do the all the BOOMs in my business need to be DBS checked?
At present any additional BOOMS will only have to provide a DBS check dated within the past 3 months upon Application and not renewal of AML Supervision.
What if the DBS check reveals I have Criminal Convictions?
Certain ‘relevant’ convictions (Listed in Schedule 3 of the ML Regs) are a bar to IAB membership.
Acceptance as an IAB member with other convictions is possible but subject to special application and approval.