How to get Personal Licence in Scotland

Personal Licence in Scotland
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A personal licence is required to sell or supply alcohol or to allow the sale or supply of alcohol on licensed premises. If you are found selling or supplying alcohol without a personal licence, you could be fined up to £5000 and/or sent to prison for up to 6 months.

Eligibility

You must be 18 years old to apply for a personal licence. You will also need to have completed an accredited licensing qualification, such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders.

Once granted a personal licence, it will remain valid indefinitely unless it is surrendered, revoked or suspended by the licensing board.

It is important to note that a personal licence does not entitle you to sell or supply alcohol – you must also have a premises licence or club premises certificate.

If you have any questions about personal licences or would like help with applying for one, please contact your local licensing board.

 How to get Personal Licence in Scotland

  1. You must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Must have completed an accredited licensing qualification, such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Certificate for SCPLH Personal Licence Holders.
  3. Once you have been granted a personal licence, it will remain valid indefinitely unless it is surrendered, revoked or suspended by the licensing board.
  4. It is important to note that a personal licence does not entitle you to sell or supply alcohol – you must also have a premises licence or club premises certificate.

Please contact your local licensing board if you have any questions about personal licences or would like help with applying for one.

Benefits of Scottish Personal Licence

A personal licence also allows you to:

  • Sell or supply alcohol at a private function, such as a wedding or birthday party.
  • Permit the sale or supply of alcohol at a private function.
  • Work in a managerial capacity at a private function where alcohol is sold or supplied.

If you are found selling or supplying alcohol without a personal licence, you could be fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison for up to 6 months.

 Apply for Personal Licence in Scotland

To apply for a personal licence, you will need to:

  1. Complete an accredited licensing qualification, such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders.
  2. Submit an application form to your local licensing board.
  3. Pay the application fee.
  4. Provide two passport-style photographs, one of which must be endorsed as a true likeness of you by a solicitor, Justice of the Peace or Notary Public.
  5. Provide a Disclosure Scotland Basic Disclosure certificate or equivalent document from another country.
  6. Provide evidence of your right to work in the UK if you are not a British citizen.

If you are successful, your licence will be issued by your local licensing board within 8 weeks of receiving your application.

Renew Personal Licence in Scotland

You do not need to renew your personal licence – it will remain valid indefinitely unless it is surrendered, revoked or suspended by the licensing board.

If you change your name or address, you must notify the licensing board within 28 days and pay a fee of £10. You will also need to provide supporting documents, such as a marriage certificate or deed poll.

What happens if my Personal Licence is lost or stolen?

If your personal licence is lost or stolen, you must immediately notify the police and your local licensing board. There is no fee for replacing a lost or stolen licence.

You will need to submit an application form with two passport-style photographs and a Disclosure Scotland Basic Disclosure certificate or equivalent document from another country.

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued a replacement licence.

What happens if my Personal Licence is revoked or suspended?

If your personal licence is revoked or suspended by the licensing board, you will no longer be able to sell or supply alcohol on licensed premises. You may also be removed from your job if you work in a managerial capacity on licensed premises.

Please contact your local licensing board if you have any questions about what happens if your personal licence is revoked or suspended.

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