- What is a personal licence?
- Do I need a personal licence?
- After applying
- Relevant offences
- How long the licence is valid
- Change of name or address
- Lost or stolen licences
A personal licence allows you to become a designated premises supervisor (DPS).
A DPS is responsible for the day to day running of a business that has a licence to sell alcohol, known as a premises licence.
A personal licence makes sure that anyone running or managing a business that sells or supplies alcohol does so responsibly and professionally.
If you want to run a business that is licensed to sell alcohol you must have a DPS.
To be a DPS you must hold a personal licence.
You do not need a personal licence to be employed in a pub or other business that sells alcohol.
- be 18 or over
- have the right to work in the UK
- have a relevant licensing qualification, such as a BIIAB Level 2 Award for personal licence holders or a similar accredited qualification
Applications must be made in the borough where you live, not the borough where you work.
So, if you live in the borough of Haringey, you’re in the right place to apply for a personal licence.
You must supply:
- a completed personal licence application form
- a completed disclosure of convictions form
- two passport photos signed by an approved professional
- a criminal conviction certificate issued less than one month before applying for your personal licence – request a basic DBS check (external link)
- accredited course (external link) certificate
- proof of right to work in the UK
- proof of address if DBS check requested by third party and home address isn’t shown (bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill, driving licence)
Please complete both a:
- disclosure of convictions form
- personal licence application
For the personal licence, you must include your supporting documents with your online application.
We accept the following file types:
- doc, docx, jpeg, jpg, jpe, pdf, png, tiff, tif
You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal.
Keep a note of your application reference as you may need it for other licences you apply for.
Paper application form
If you prefer, you can download and complete a:
We will contact you to take payment over the phone.
It takes 4 weeks to process your application. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be given your personal licence.
If you have been convicted of a relevant offence (external link), we will let the police know of your application and convictions.
The police then have 14 days to decide whether they object to you being granted a personal licence.
Your personal licence will last indefinitely.
You may lose your licence if we become aware of a criminal conviction.
You must let us know if you change your name or address.
Please email us with your new details.
There is a fee of £10.50. We will take payment over the phone with a debit or credit card.
Please email us if your licence has been mislaid.
There is a fee of £10.50 for a replacement. We will take payment over the phone with a debit or credit card.
020 8489 8232
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