install a DBS client in a secure location, for example in a server room not a desktop PC
download and complete the DBS End Point Registration form (below under Additional guidance) and submit it to the DBS Implementation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive endpoint information within 7 days.
submit a test file to DBS to confirm connectivity over Secure FTP
use the DBS client to submit batch trace requests and receive batch responses to them
DBS requires a secure network connection. It is an offline service so does not require smartcards.
DBS accepts fixed length text files or comma separated variable (CSV) files via the DBS client.
The DBS client is a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) client that sends a specifically formatted file to the Spine which is then used to interrogate PDS. DBS notifies the DBS client user when a response is available, who can then receive the response file.
For a full list of interactions for this API, see the DBS User Guide under Additional guidance.
DBS user guide
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