Personal licence

Apply for a personal licence.

A personal licence authorises the holder to supervise or authorise the sale of alcohol.

The premises licence holder and the personal licence holder don't have to be the same person, but the premises manager must be noted on the premises licence.

Further to the premises licence, whoever manages and operates a premises that sells alcohol must have a personal licence.

Licence duration

10 years.

Please note, you must renew your training qualification every 5 years.

Eligibility criteria

To become a personal licence holder you must:

  • pass a course by an approved trainer
  • be aged 18 or over
  • be resident in East Renfrewshire to apply to the East Renfrewshire Licensing Board
  • not have had a personal licence revoked in the last 5 years



Application form

Icon for pdf Download a personal licence application form [144.72KB].

Applications should be accompanied by 2 passport photographs and the applicant's qualifications certificate.

If you're convicted of any relevant offences after the licence is granted you must inform the Licensing Board.

What happens next

Your application will be sent to the Chief Constable and you may be contacted by the police to verify certain details. If any of the eligibility criteria aren't met your application will be refused.

If you meet the criteria, but the Board receives a notice from the Chief Constable specifying any previous convictions, you'll be invited to attend a hearing to determine the application.

If you meet the criteria and no notice of convictions is received your application will be granted.

If you don't hear from us within a reasonable period contact Customer Services:


Phone: 0141 577 4684

Lost your personal licence?

If you've lost your personal licence fill out a lost property form on Police Scotland's website. You can also pick up this form from your local police station.

You can then hand the form and a letter of explanation with the appropriate fee (£25) to Customer Services and a copy of your licence will be issued to you in due course.

Last modified on 11 August 2020

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