Personal licence

A personal licence is a portable licence issued to an individual which allows them to authorise sales of alcohol from premises that hold a premises licence.
A personal licence:
  • is granted to an individual;
  • has effect indefinitely;
  • ceases to have effect if surrendered, suspended or revoked; or if the holder may no longer work lawfully in the UK; and
  • can be used anywhere in England and Wales
 PLEASE NOTE: The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015 and as from 1st April 2015 the requirement to renew personal licences has now been abolished.
Personal Licences will carry on indefinitely until such times that they are either surrendered or revoked. The expiry date no longer applies and therefore now has no relevance.
As of 1st March 2018, we will not accept Basic Disclosure certificates issued by Disclosure Scotland. Disclosure Scotland no longer have delegated authority to apply Rehabilitation of Offenders Act rules to England and Wales. This authority expired on 31st January 2018. Any applications received after 1st March 2018 which include a Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland will be returned to the applicant as incomplete.
Before you can apply for a personal licence, you will first need to complete a qualification known as the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).
Please contact the qualification providers directly for details of their course and local training centres.
The application process
We can only accept your application if you live in Three Rivers (or if you live outside of England and Wales). You must also be able to prove (with copies of official government-issued documents) that you have the legal right to work in the UK.
To apply for a licence, please print and complete the forms below:
Submit your completed application form to us together with payment of the application fee (£37 by card payment only) and the following documents:
  • two passport photos, one of which has been endorsed (by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or an individual with a professional qualification) with a statement that the photo is a true likeness of the applicant Advice on Photographs.pdf (pdf)
  • the certificate issued after passing the accredited training course
  • a completed 'Disclosure of convictions, immigration penalties and Declaration' form 
  • Basic Disclosure certificate which was issued within the last month
  • copies of documents proving that you have the right to work in the UK (please do not send originals)
If you satisfy all the criteria, we will issue a personal licence, usually within a week of receiving your application.
If you have any unspent convictions for relevant or foreign offences, or have had to pay a civil immigration penalty, or if your right to work in the UK is unclear, we will consult with the police or the Home Office, as applicable. If they object to your application, it will be determined by our Licensing Sub-Committee at a hearing.
Convictions and immigration penalties
When applying for a licence, you must declare any unspent convictions for relevant offences and foreign offences (any equivalent offences committed outside of England and Wales). You must also declare if you have been required to pay a civil immigration penalty. In the circumstances, we will consult the police and/or the Home Office about your application.
People who hold personal licences are also required to notify the licensing authority if they are subsequently convicted of any relevant offence or foreign offence, or required to pay an immigration penalty. Personal licence holders who are charged with a relevant offence must tell the court that they hold a personal licence before the end of their first court appearance. If convicted, the court may decide to order the forfeiture or suspension of the licence as part of the sentence, and the licensing authority may also review that personal licence with a view to revocation or suspension.
Change of name and/or address
Personal licence holders must notify us in writing of any change to their name or address. A £10.50 fee is payable (by card only) to update the licence.
Duration and renewals
Personal licences are valid for life, and do not need to be renewed. They will cease to be valid in the following circumstances:
  • if the holder dies
  • if the holder no longer has a legal right to work in the UK
  • if the licence is surrendered by the holder (for example, if they no longer work in the licensed trade and return the licence to us)
  • if we revoke the licence, due to the holder being convicted of a relevant offence or having to pay a civil immigration penalty
  • if a court orders the forfeiture of the licence, as part of a sentence following conviction for a relevant offence.
If your licence has been damaged or lost and you need a replacement, we will issue one on receipt of a written request and payment of the £10.50 fee.
More information
For further information about personal licences, or to discuss any particular issues, please email us at, or phone us on 01923 776611.