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Personal licences

If you have a EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship, you need to apply to the EU settlement Scheme if you want to live and work in the UK after Wednesday 30th June 2021.

When you submit your personal alcohol licence application you will need to submit proof of your ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’. The letter from the Home Office granting your ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’ is not proof of your status. You will not get a physical document. You will be able to use the Home Office online checking service to get a ‘share code’ to send to us so we can check your status online.

We will then issue you with a personal alcohol licence with an expiry date on that corresponds with the ‘pre-settled status’ expiry date. If you are granted ‘settled status’ we will issue you with a personal alcohol licence with no expiry date.

If at a later date you apply for ‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme and you meet the qualifying criteria and are granted ‘settled status’ we will remove the expiry date from your personal alcohol licence.

All applicants for a personal licence must:

  • be over 18
  • hold a relevant licensing qualification
  • provide a criminal record check that is no more than a month old
  • provide two passport sized photographs
  • provide a disclosure of convictions and declaration
  • submit a correctly completed application form
  • submit right to work/immigration status documentation.

Your licence will be issued within three months of receipt by us.

Please read the Personal licence - guidance notes. You must complete the Personal Licence - new application form and Personal licence disclosure form and send these with the relevant payment‌. Our licensing payments page explains what fees apply and how to pay them.

Our licensing payments page explains how to pay for a licence. If you have paid by debit/credit card or by bacs before you have submitted your application form then you must include a copy of your receipt with the application. Any application received without the payment will not be processed.

You must hold a licensing qualification that has been accredited by the Secretary of State, or an equivalent qualification. The following qualifications have been accredited so far:

  • BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • CIEH Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • IQ Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • LASER Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • NCFE Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • PEARSON EDUCATION LTD Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • SQA Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders
  • QNUK Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • TRAINING QUALIFICATION UK Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders

You may find this list of Personal licence qualification providers useful.

New applicants may obtain their criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Your disclosure is only valid for 28 days from the date that the disclosure was issued by Disclosure and Barring Service.

The only type of disclosure check we can accept for a personal alcohol licence is a basic criminal record check, we cannot accept a standard or enhanced disclosure check.

Two photographs must be submitted, which must:

  • contrast against the background
  • measure 45mm x 35mm
  • show the full face uncovered and without sunglasses and, unless the applicant wears a head covering due to their religious beliefs, without a head covering
  • have one of the photos endorsed as a true likeness of the applicant by a solicitor or notary, professional person, or a person of standing in the community.

Your licence will run indefinitely, unless it is surrendered by yourself, suspended, revoked or declared forfeit by a court.

Complete the Personal licence - application for replacement licence and send this with the relevant payment. Our licensing payments page explains what fees apply and how to pay them.

If you have paid by debit/credit card or by bacs before you have submitted your application form then you must include a copy of your receipt with the application. Any application received without the payment will not be processed.

Complete the ‌Personal licence - notification of change of name or address and send this with the relevant payment. Our licensing payments page explains what fees apply and how to pay them.

If you have paid by debit/credit card or by bacs before you have submitted your application form then you must include a copy of your receipt with the application. Any application received without the payment will not be processed.

Relevant convictions are listed on Relevant and Foreign offences. If applicable, you must notify us within 14 days of your conviction.

Complete the Personal licence - notification of conviction of relevant offence.

All licences are now valid indefinitely, even if they have been issued with an expiry date, unless it is surrendered by yourself, suspended, revoked or declared forfeit by a court.

Any business buying alcohol from a UK wholesaler for onward supply to their customers will need to check that their wholesaler has been approved by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). For further information see the HM Revenue and Customs factsheet.