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How to Get an Alcohol Personal Licence?

Tuba Tasneem

March 07, 2023

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get an alcohol personal licence

The personal licence guarantees that anyone operating or overseeing a company that sells or delivers alcohol will do it skillfully. You can serve as the designated premises supervisor for any company that sells or supplies alcohol once you have your personal licence. A DPS is required for all premises licences, including those for major pubs and home-based web retailers.

Similar to how a driver’s licence enables you to operate a vehicle, a personal licence enables you to sell alcohol on behalf of any licenced businesses.

Although a personal licence is not required for employment in a bar or other establishment serving alcoholic beverages, it improves your chances of finding work. A designated premises supervisor with a personal licence is required for locations with alcohol sales licences.

A person must authorise the sale of alcohol with a personal licence if the other party does not.

Requirements to Apply

You must be 18 years of age.
Possess a suitable licencing qualification, such as Highfield Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (RQF), BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders, or any equivalent recognised certification, to apply. You must first earn an approved qualification to apply for a personal licence. The qualification guarantees that licence holders know licencing regulations and the larger social obligations of selling alcoholic beverages. The Home Secretary recognises suppliers of personal licence qualifications.
Any relevant criminal convictions should be disclosed to your local council as they may affect whether you are accepted as a licensee. A basic criminal conviction disclosure form must also be provided.

Documents to Provide for Personal Licence

Applying for a personal licence should be done with the local licencing authority where you reside.

You will need the following:

Two passport-sized photographs must be attested by a “professional person.”
Personal Licence Holder Qualification certificate
A less than one-month-old Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Basic Check. You can make a simple DBS check request on the website. OR
A declaration that is less than a month old from the police national database.
Personal licence application form,
Disclosure of convictions form
£37 fee. This can be paid for by phone, check, or online. You need to provide it with your application form as a payment authorisation number.
Candidates must now present proof of their permission to work in the UK due to recent modifications made to the application process by the central government.
Applicants must include additional documentation with their application and provide more information on the application form(s).

Steps to apply for a Personal Licence

1. Enrol in an APLH Personal Licence Course
You can take the APLH Personal Licence course from the convenience of your home because it is an online course. You can also take the course in a particular location if you prefer Classroom instruction. The APLH training lasts for one day and contains 40 multiple-choice question tests. After completing the course, you will receive the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (RQF) certificate.

2. Complete the Online Application Form
Fill out and submit the online personal licence application form. You must provide your licencing qualifications and information about any prior or pending applications when you apply for a personal licence.

3. Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration
To apply for a personal licence to sell alcohol, you must fill out the convictions and declaration form to disclose any relevant foreign offences and the forfeiture of a personal licence within the previous five years.

You must disclose any relevant criminal convictions using the form to apply for a personal licence to sell alcohol. These convictions may affect whether you are accepted as a licensee.

4. Pay £37 as a Personal Licence Fee
After completing the application process and submitting the required documents, pay the personal licence fee.

Change of Details

Holders of Personal Licences must maintain their information current. If you don’t, you risk being prosecuted.

You must inform your licencing authorities of changes, such as those to your name or address. The organisation that issued your licence is always your licencing authority. This service costs £10.50.