A personal licence authorises an individual to sell or supply alcohol or authorise the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises for which a premises licence is in force.
A personal licence is required only in respect of those premises where the sale of alcohol by retail is a licensable activity. Every sale of alcohol on such a premise must be made by or authorised by a personal licence holder.
A personal licence will act in the same way as a driving licence and allow the holder to work in licensed premises and sell alcohol. The licence will last for 10 years. Application for a personal licence must be made to the licensing authority for the area in which you habitually reside. Once application has been made all changes to the personal licence must be made to that licensing authority.
In order to obtain a personal licence the applicant must:
- Be over the age of 18 years
- Not have been convicted of any relevant offence. In order to prove this, the applicant will need to make application for a basic criminal records disclosure from Disclosure Scotland and attach the original disclosure to the application form. The check must have been issued within the previous calendar month. The applicant will also be required to sign a declaration that they have no relevant or foreign convictions
- Not have been convicted of any relevant foreign offence
- Have passed the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders qualification
- Submit a valid Personal Licence application form and pay the relevant fee.