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Applying for a personal licence

Page updated 06 June 2019

If you have a personal licence, you can sell alcohol. You can also authorise someone else to sell alcohol.  

You need a personal licence if you want to be a designated premises supervisor (DPS). The DPS will normally be the person who has day-to-day responsibility for running the premises.

There may be a number of personal licence holders working at a premises but there can only be one DPS. The DPS must be appointed by the premises licence holder (who may hold both positions).

Places that sell alcohol need to have both a premises licence and a DPS.


1. Before you apply

2. Apply

Before you apply

What qualifications do you need for a personal licence?

Before applying for a personal licence, you need to do a training course and exam to get a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders.

This training normally takes one day.

Personal licences for people who live in Hackney

A personal licence is given out by the council  for the area you live in. If you work in Hackney but live somewhere else in the UK, apply to your local council.

You can use your personal licence to sell alcohol, or authorise the sale of alcohol, anywhere with a premises licence in England or Wales.

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