Please read our information about personal licences before you apply.

How to apply

You'll need to fill in the application form and send this to us.  There is a disclosure of criminal convictions and civil immigration penalties and declaration form at the end of the application form that you'll also need to fill in and sign.

You'll also need to send us:

  • your original licensing qualification certificate. All personal licence holders must hold an accredited personal licence qualification  obtained through an accredited qualification provider.
  • a criminal conviction certificate or criminal record certificate or the results or a subject access search of the police national computer by the national intelligence service - this must be less than one month old.  We have to tell the police about any relevant unspent convictions associated with an application. We also have to tell the Secretary of State if you have any relevant immigration offences or are required to pay an immigration penalty.

  • two photographs of yourself, one of which has been endorsed as a true likeness of yourself by a solicitor or notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification.  The person who endorses your photograph should also complete a photograph endorsement form

  • copies of documents which demonstrate your right to work in the UK.  You can find out more about the documents you will need to copy in the notes at the end of the application form.  Your right to work in the UK will be checked as part of the application process and this could involve us checking your immigration status with the Home Office.

You can find out more about making your application in our guide to personal licences.


You'll be charged a fee for this application.  Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.

Data Protection

Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of the licensing service to process and administer your application for a personal licence.  Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions.  Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes.  Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary.  There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing.  Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant privacy notice