Guide A guide to personal licences (GN3) and renewals

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3. Information about renewing your personal licence


The requirement to renew personal licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003 has been abolished with effect from 1 April 2015.

This means that if you have not already applied to renew your licence and it was due for renewal after the 1 April 2015 you need not do so now as it will no longer have an expiry date.  All licences issued after that date will be issued without an expiry date but as a matter of routine we will not be reissuing existing personal licences to show no expiry date. 

While you no longer need to renew your licence you should remember that all personal licence holders have a duty to tell the licensing authority that issued their licence of any changes to their name and address or if they are convicted of any relevant or foreign offences or, are required to pay an immigration penalty. 

'Relevant offence' refers to the offences listed in the Act that could, on conviction, rule out the grant or renewal of a personal licence to the applicant concerned.

The offences include:

  • those involving serious crime
  • those involving serious dishonesty
  • those involving controlled drugs
  • certain sexual offences
  • offences created by the Act

If you are charged with a relevant offence, you must produce your personal licence to the court.  If that is not practical, you must tell the court that you have a personal licence, who the issuing authority is, and why you can't produce the licence.  Failure to produce, or notify the court about your licence, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 128 of the Act.  The sentence on conviction of this offence is a fine of up to £500, and could result in the forfeiture or suspension of the licence. 

If you are convicted of any relevant offence, foreign offence, or are required to pay an immigration penalty you must, as soon as reasonably practicable, inform the licensing authority who issued your personal licence of this and give them a notice containing details of the nature and date of the conviction and any sentence  imposed.  The licensing authority may, in these circumstances, suspend your  licence for a period not exceeding six months, or, revoke your licence.

More information on what is a relevant conviction can be found in Schedule 4 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Similarly it is an offence to fail to tell the licensing authority that issued the licence of all changes of name and address of the licence holder.

Please be aware that if your licence was issued after the 6th April 2017 it will lapse if you cease to be entitled to work in the UK.

Producing your licence

You may be asked to show your personal licence to an authorised officer. This is a legal requirement so if you've lost your personal licence or it's been stolen you'll need to apply for a replacement.


Licensing Act 2003


If you have an issue with a licensed premises there are different people you should contact depending on the problem.  

Public register

You can view details of existing personal licences and a list of current applications on our licensing public register.