Personal License

Personal License

Do you need a Personal License?

A personal licence is required by anyone who needs to authorise alcohol sales. Personal licences are valid for 10 years, unless surrendered, revoked or suspended, and are valid at UK premises that have a premises licence. A personal licence holder must have an accredited qualification from an organisation such as the British Institute of Innkeeping and undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check.


How to get a Personal License


Personal License Qualifications
In order to obtain a Personal Licence, you must attend a one day course and pass the BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders. At the end of the course, there is an exam and if you are successful you will receive a certificate (it can take up to 3 weeks for this to arrive) . There are a number of course providers, just ask us if you need any guidance.


Personal Licence Application Form
Obtain a Personal Licence application form and Disclosure of Convictions & Declaration Form from the Licensing department of the local authority in which you reside. Although you will be unable to send off the application form at this stage as you will not yet have all the necessary attachments, it will save some time later in the process.


Criminal Records Bureau Checks
Once your certificate has been received, the next step is to complete an application form for a Standard Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) reference check. The application form can be obtained from Disclosure Scotland through their website on There will be small a fee for processing the CRB.  Note that only CRB checks that are less than 28 days old will be accepted by the local authorities when applying for a Personal Licence. It can take a minimum of 14 days to receive the CRB reference.


Applying for your Personal Licence
When the CRB reference has been received, immediately complete and return the Personal Licence application form to the Licensing department of your local authority, along with the other required attachments.


Contact us if you need to obtain a personal  license. The process is straightforward, but we can help you through the whole application process for a small fee and also with any related premises application and maximise your chances of securing a license.
Contact us on 0207 183 0084 or email