What is a personal licence?
A personal licence allows someone to sell or supply (or authorise the sale or supply of) alcohol, where a valid premises licence is in place.
You do not have to hold a personal licence, to work at a bar or club. Venues may employ multiple licence holders, but can only nominate one designated premises supervisor (DPS). To be nominated as a DPS, an individual must hold a personal licence.
- Personal licences are portable. They can be taken and used at venues with a premises licence in England and Wales
- Personal licences have no expiration or renewal date. Once granted, they are valid for a lifetime (unless the licence is surrendered, revoked or forfeited - or the licence holder loses the right to work lawfully in the UK)
- You need to apply for a personal licence from the local council (or 'licensing authority') where you live - not the council in which your place of work is
Who can apply for a personal licence?
- is the over the age of 18
- does not already hold a personal licence issued by another council
- has not had a personal licence forfeited within the last five years
However, before you can apply for a personal licence, you will need to attend a course, to gain the relevant qualification (a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders). Pages 13 and 14 of our personal licence guidance pack contains information about accredited course providers.
The government have also published a list of accredited personal licence qualification providers on their website.
If you have any other queries about personal licences, please email email@example.com