Personal Licence – Personal Licence Training (UK)

What is a personal licence?

A personal licence allows you to sell alcohol, from a licensed premises, to members of the public. The licence is valid for ten years from the date of issue.

Is this the correct licence for me?

With regards to alcohol, there are only two forms of licence: the personal licence applies to individuals, while the premises licence applies to a building, vehicle or open space. A temporary premises licence also exists, known as a Temporary Events Notice. All other old forms of alcohol licences were abolished under the Licensing Act 2003.

England & Wales or Scotland?

England and Wales operate a different licensing system to Scotland. As a consequence, a personal licence processed with a Scottish licensing board is valid for use in Scotland only. A personal licence processed with an English or Welsh licensing authority is valid for use in England and Wales only. Your local licensing authority or board is determined by where you live.

How many members of staff need a personal licence?

Under the Licensing Act 2003, every sale or supply of alcohol taking place within a licensed premises must be made or authorised by a personal licence holder (Licensing Act 2003, 19.3). With this in mind, a Designated Premises Supervisor should decide how many members of staff to licence, based on the size of the premises and staff shift patterns.

Other important information:

  • A personal licence is valid for ten years from the point of grant.
    After ten years, the licence must be renewed.
  • You must be over 18 to apply for a personal licence
  • Like a driving licence, a personal licence is named to one person only

How to apply for a personal licence:

Step 1: Book onto an APLH (SCPLH for Scotland) training course. This is a mandatory qualification for personal licence applicants.

Step 2: While booking, select to apply for a full personal licence.

Step 3: Sit your training course. With your qualification complete, our licensing team process every part of your personal licence application, including photograph verification and CRB check.