How do I make a DLCU application?

You can use Security Watchdog to apply for a DBS check in support of your application for a Controlled Drug domestic licence, Precursor Chemical Category 1 licence or Category 2 and 3 registrations.

The Drug Licensing and Compliance Unit (DLCU) have contracted Security Watchdog, to assist you in obtaining your DBS check.

There are 3 stages of the application process which must be followed:

Stage One: Online Application

Please complete your online DBS application by using the link below and clicking ‘Start Application’ in the orange box.

You will be asked to enter the following information:

Organisation Reference:          DLCU

Organisation Code:                 licence

The application form is a simple 5-page process.  Please follow the on-screen instructions and complete all the fields provided. Mandatory fields are denoted by (*)

Stage Two: Payment

At the point of entering your application online you will be prompted to make this payment online via our secure Sagepay system. The total cost of your application will be £60.09. This includes the cost of the DBS Disclosure and Security Watchdog’s administration fee.

Failure to make payment will result in your application not being submitted.

Stage Three: Identification Verification

In line with the DBS Code of Practice all applicants requiring a DBS check must have their identity verified.

You will need to use the Post Office Document Certification Service which allows you have your identification documentation verified checked. The Post Office charge over the counter to use this service.

Please check which Post Offices offer the Document Certification Service by going to Once selected, look under the Identity & Licenses section and tick Document Certification Service.

You will need to take:

  • Three items of original ID to the Post Office

  • A good quality colour photocopy of each document

The Post Office will check your original documents against your photocopies and certify each copy as a true likeness of the original.

Once the Post Office verify your documents, please email them to us at using the subject DLCU Application. Please include your contact email address, telephone number and reference number from your online application. This should appear as a string of numbers, the first four letters of your surname, and another string of numbers. For example 123ABCD12345.

If you require further advice or information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01420 558 752.