Apply or renew DoLS

Your care home or hospital must contact us to apply for a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

The managing authority will fill in:

  • Form 1: if someone needs to be deprived of their liberty
  • Form 2: for a new request for someone already under a DoLS authorisation
  • Form 7: if someone under a DoLS authorisation no longer needs to be deprived of their liberty.

Get guidance and DoLS application forms on GOV.UK

Renew a DoLS

A DoLS authorisation lasts 12 months. The managing authority will need to renew the application (Form 2) at least 28 days before it’s due to expire.

All DoLS applications must be emailed to: