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How Long Does a Personal Licence Last

Nauman Farooq

Dec 14, 2023

Read time : 06 mins

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how long does a personal licence last

A Personal Licence is acceptable and valid throughout England and Wales.

Unlike many other licences, a Personal Licence doesn’t expire, so it lasts forever.
As a Personal Licence has no expiry date, it requires no renewal. If you hold a Personal Licence, you’re allowed to authorise alcohol sales indefinitely.
Getting a Personal Licence is a one-time expense requiring no further financial investment.

How to Get a Personal Licence

Getting a Personal Licence is a simple process.

Step 1: Pass the APLH Personal Licence Training Course
The first step is to complete the ALPH personal licence course.


To complete this course, you require only 5 hours of learning in class and some self-study. It’s a 1-day course covering the Highfield APLH Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification syllabus. To complete this course, you must pass the multiple-choice APLH exam.

aplh personal licence training course

Step 2: Complete the DBS Check

You must provide a recent Disclosure and Barring Service check to complete your application. You can get a basic check for £25.

Step 3: Complete and Submit an Application

Finally, complete and submit your personal licence application.

Revoked or Suspended Personal Licence

Although a Personal Licence lasts forever, it can still be revoked if a licence holder surrenders it. A court can also suspend it in case of violation of rules.

If licence holder makes any changes in their name or address during their lifetime, they must notify the Licensing Authority.