Personal licence

A personal licence enables you to authorise the sale of alcohol in a premises that holds a Premises Licence by becoming the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

Before you apply for a personal licence, you must hold a licensing qualification. This is the Level 2 award for personal licence holders.

To apply for a personal licence, you need to fill in two forms.

The two forms should then be sent into us with a fee of £37. You also need to submit 3 other documents:

• Two passport sized photos endorsed as a true likeness of you
• A Criminal Record certificate (must not be over 30 days old).
• A Licensing qualification or proof that you are a person of prescribed description

A ‘subject access disclosure’ is a form of criminal record certificate available from the ACRO Criminal Records Office which you may can submit with your application.  You can read more information and apply online at the ACRO website.

The two photographs you submit with your application must be endorsed as a true likeness of you:

Once we have received and checked your application, we will send you a licence card and paper counterpart.

We will issue you a personal licence within one month of receiving the application.

Laws and regulation

Personal licences are issued under the Licensing Act 2003.