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Personal licences

Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. We may lawfully disclose information within this authority and to other public sector agencies such as the Police, or the Inland Revenue to (a) Prevent or detect fraud or other crime (b) Protect public funds (c) Make sure the information is accurate.

There are many forms involved with the application for a Personal Licence under the Licensing Act 2003.

Right to work/immigration status

From 6th April 2017, any applicants applying for a personal licence must submit further documentation to demonstrate entitlement to live and work in the UK.

Disclosure and Barring checks

From the 31st January 2018 Basic Disclosures will no longer be processed by Disclosure Scotland for individuals living in England and Wales. 

Individuals living in England and Wales will be able to apply to DBS for a basic check via the new online application route that is available on GOV.UK.  Alternatively, an individual can use a 'Responsible Organisation' (RO - a third party registered with DBS - to submit checks on their behalf. List of Responsible Organistions.

Responsibilities as a Personal Licence Holder

Forms and guidance notes

Icon for pdf Application for a personal licence [238.99KB] PDF (239kb)

Icon for pdf Disclosure of convictions and civil immigration penalties declaration [164.39KB] PDF (164kb)

Icon for pdf Certification of photographs [37.95KB] PDF (38kb)

Icon for pdf Guidance notes [60.87KB] PDF (61kb)

Icon for pdf Copy of personal licence [174.16KB] PDF (174kb)

Icon for pdf Change of name and/or address [48.15KB] PDF (48kb)

Icon for pdf Surrender personal licence [47.71KB] PDF (48kb)

Useful information

Accredited qualification providers: personal licence to sell alcohol

Licensing Act 2003


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

GOV.UK: Disclosure and Barring Service