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Personal licence

How to apply to be a personal licence holder

Personal licence holder

Personal licence holders may authorise the sale of alcohol at licensed premises and may also be employed as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) at such premises.

 To be able to apply for a personal licence you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • not have forfeited a personal licence in the last five years
  • not been convicted of any relevant offence or foreign offence
  • have passed an accredited qualification

How to apply

You can apply for a personal licence by downloading our application form.

To apply for a personal licence you need:

  • to permanently reside at the time of application within the authority area
  • the completed application form and disclosure of convictions and declaration form
  • two passport sized photos, one of which must be endorsed as a true likeness
  • licensing qualification certificate (details of where to obtain this qualification can be found in the guidance notes at the bottom of this page)
  • basic disclosure of criminal convictions (issued by Disclosure Scotland)
  • the fee of £37

Download our personal licence application

Please note that if a personal cheque is received for payment, we can advise you of your licence number, however we are unable to issue the licence until a period of three weeks has passed to allow for cheque clearance.

Relevant or foreign offences

If you have any convictions for any relevant or foreign offences, then we will give a notice to the Chief Officer of Police. If the police make no objections within the statutory 14 day period, we will grant your licence.

Criminal Records Bureau Check

Important Note: When applying for a personal licence you must submit a Disclosure Certificate of Criminal Convictions, which must not be more than one month old.

Your personal licence application must be accompanied by either:

  • a criminal conviction certificate issued under section 112 of the Police Act 1997;
  • a criminal record certificate issued under section 113A of the Police of the Police Act 1997; or
  • the results of a subject access search under the Data Protection Act 1998 of the Police National Computer by the National Identification Service.

Item (1) above is a Basic Disclosure and can be obtained from Disclosure Scotland.

You can contact Disclosure Scotland via their website or by telephone on 0870 609 6006.

Alternatively items (2) or (3) will be accepted providing they are not older than one calendar month.

Personal licences are valid indefinitely, unless forfeited, suspended, revoked or surrendered.

Helpful documents

You can find these documents at the bottom of this page.
  • request for a replacement Personal Licence due to loss / stolen 
  • change of name or address 

Further information

If you have any further queries or require further information please contact us. Our contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Policy information

Under the Licensing Act 2003 all licensing authorities throughout England and Wales have to review their Statement of Licensing Policy each five year period. Our current Statement of Licensing Policy expires on the 7 January 2021. You can find the policy in our document downloads below.