DBS Filtering Guide

Updated 28 October 2023:  Filtering identifies and removes protected convictions and cautions so that they are not disclosed on a DBS certificate.  The guidance has been updated to reflect legislative changes that have come into action from 28 October 2023.


  • introduction
  • when did the law change in relation to information being filtered?
  • updating your recruitment application forms in line with changes to the filtering rules
  • what PNC information will be disclosed automatically on a Standard or Enhanced DBS certificate?
  • what other types of information are disclosed on Enhanced DBS certificates?
  • can an employer ask an individual to declare details of all convictions and cautions?
  • completion of section e field 55 on the DBS application form
  • positions where filtering does not apply
  • external guidance

DBS filtering guidance