Personal Licences (Licensing Act 2003)

From 6 April 2017 it will be a requirement that persons applying for a personal licence must have a right to work in the UK, evidence of which must be supplied with the application. Unfortunately if you fail to provide the necessary evidence we will have no option but to reject your application. Please read the guidance notes for Entitlement to work for Individual Applicants at the bottom of the page.

There is no longer a requirement to renew a personal licence. Any personal licences which show an expiry date which is later than 1 April 2015 will continue to remain in effect after the expiry date shown on the licence. Amended licences are not being routinely issued, however, any personal licence holder who wishes to receive an updated licence should request this in writing and return the original paper and card licences to the licensing team together with a fee of £10.50.

New personal licence applications

Applications for personal licenses must be submitted on the prescribed forms, which are available in PDF format. If you require Word versions please contact the Licensing Team. If you are ordinarily resident in the area of a licensing authority, your application must be made to that authority. In any other case you may submit it to any licensing authority.

An applicant for a licence must either hold a relevant accredited or certified qualification, or be a person of a prescribed description, for example a member of the company of the Master, Wardens, Freemen and Commonalty of the Mistery of the Vintners of the City of London or a person operating under a licence granted by the University of Cambridge or the Board of the Green Cloth.

The full list of accredited personal licence qualification providers is available from the Home Office website.

All applicants are required to submit a criminal record/conviction certificate or subject access search of the Police National Computer which must be issued no earlier than one calendar month of the licence application being submitted to the licensing authority.

The criminal record conviction form can be submitted on-line via the Disclosure and Barring Service website 

Please refer to the guidance note below for the procedure to be followed when submitting an application.

Applications for personal licences are subject to a fee of £37 and must be signed by the applicants themselves - solicitors or agents cannot sign on behalf of an applicant. Application fees are non-refundable in the event that an application is withdrawn or rejected.  If you require any assistance in completing the forms please contact the Licensing Team on 020 7341 5152.

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Last updated: 24 April 2023