Personal Licence

An applicant for a licence must apply to the local authority in the area where they live. Only one application can be made at any one time, and a person can only hold one personal licence. A licence will last for the lifetime of the person, unless it is surrendered, suspended or revoked.

A person who applies for a personal licence must meet the following requirements:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • hold a licensing qualification accredited by the Secretary of State (or which is certified as if it is such a qualification or is considered equivalent) or is a person as prescribed by the Secretary of State by regulations
  • have not have forfeited a personal licence within five years of their application
  • have not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence*
  • have a Right to Work in the UK.

*'Relevant offence' refers to the offences listed in the Act that could, on conviction, rule out the grant or renewal of a personal licence to the applicant concerned. View the statutory list of relevant offences.

Last updated: 07/04/2022 10:37

  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility
  3. How do I apply?
  4. Contact