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Important Changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service Additional Information

14/06/2013

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Further to TPH Notice 18/13, this notice provides further information about the changes being introduced by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) on 17June 2013.
These changes will have a significant impact on all new and renewal applicants for taxi and private hire driver’s licences.
As advised in 18/13, in the event we are informed that the DBS has disclosed information to the applicant, we will write to them and ask him or her to send us their original certificate. This process will be undertaken on our behalf by TMG CRB, our service provider.
Applicants must respond to any correspondence from TMG CRB. Failure to do so could result in them not being licensed. We cannot process any applications until a result has been received on your CRB.
TMG CRB will pass a copy of the disclosure certificates to TfL before returning it to the driver. As previously stated, we will destroy our copy once a licensing decision has been made and TMG will not be retaining any copies.
As a result of introducing this process, TMG CRB will be increasing the fee they charge for processing disclosure applications. As of 17 June 2013, the fees charged by TMG CRB will be £56.85 for an online application and £58.85 for a paper application.
Applications in progress
All disclosures issued on or after 17 June 2013 will be issued to the applicant only, even if the application was made before this date. Applicants who have already submitted a disclosure application should be aware that it may be dealt with under the new arrangements.

Renewal applications
To allow sufficient time to accommodate these new arrangements, we will send licensed drivers licence renewal packs four months prior to the expiry of their licence and drivers intending to renew their licence are advised to complete and submit both their licence and disclosure applications without delay.

Helen Chapman
Interim General Manager, Taxi and Private Hire
13 June 2013
For previous TPH Notices visit tfl.gov.uk/tph

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