The DBS Update Service is a yearly subscription service provided directly by the DBS for applicants. Currently the service costs £13 per applicant per year, or free for volunteers.
If the DBS applicant subscribes to the service (this must be done around the time of their application) or within 30 calendar days of the issue of the DBS Certificate their DBS certificate will be securely stored online, allowing the applicant to check their certificate or present it to their employer at any time. The applicant can also register subsequent DBS applications with the service.
The service is fully portable, allowing applicants to carry their certificate between different employments, providing the new employment requires the same level of check.
The service also updates regularly, meaning that employers will only have to request a new DBS check be undertaken if new information has arisen since the last DBS check (or if they require a different level of check) This means the issue date of a DBS certificate will no longer be relevant as long as the applicant has subscribed to the update service.