How to apply for a personal licence

Fees and how to apply

The fee for a personal licence application is £37. 

This is not refundable if the application is withdrawn or is unsuccessful.

Guidance notes

There are different application requirements depending on individual circumstances. In view of this, it is important that you read the personal licence guidance notes before you apply, whether you use an application form or apply online. 

View the Personal licence application guidance notes (PDF)

Applying online

You can apply online for a personal licence.

Apply for a personal licence

Alternatively download the form 

 Download the Personal licence application form (PDF) and return it to the address provided.

Disclosures and declaration

You will have to complete a disclosures and declaration form as part of your application for a personal licence.

Checklist of what you need to provide with your application

 The following original documents are required when applying for a personal licence:

  • Level 2 National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders - this is a one day course with a multiple choice exam. The qualification must be attained
  • Basic Disclosure - this is a criminal conviction search carried out on the police national computer by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). It can take two to three weeks for a disclosure search to be returned. Apply online for a basic disclosure (GOV.UK) or call 0300 020 0190. (Note: The disclosure search must be no older than one month from its issue date when you apply)
  • Two passport size photographs - one of the photographs must be endorsed as a true likeliness of the applicant by a solicitor or notary, a person of standing in the community or an individual with a professional qualification. View a list of professions who are acceptable to countersignature a personal licence photograph
  • Disclosure of convictions and declaration - any relevant convictions or foreign offences, as detailed in Schedule 4 and Section 113 of the Licensing Act 2003, must be declared on this form. Please ensure the form is signed and dated
  • Application for a personal licence - please complete the form in full and ensure all the items on the checklist  are present

 Your original documents will be returned with your personal licence.

Last updated: ‎07‎/‎02‎/‎2018‎ ‎17‎:‎30‎:‎58