Personal Licence

Anybody over the age of 18 is eligible to apply for a personal licence once they passed a one day training course from a recognised training provider called the Scottish certificate for Personal Licence Holders. Once the training certificate has been received, application can be made to this office for a personal licence (licence fee £50).

As well as the training certificate (which we will return), a person needs to be complete the application form found below on this page, include the fee and one passport photo (signed with “I certify this is a true likeness of....”) 

Application for a Personal Licence - First Application/renewal application

Guidance Notes for the Personal Licence Application Form

Form for attachment and endorsment of photographs for application for grant or renewal of personal licence

Relevant Offences

Applications can be sent to

Moray Council, Licensing, Legal and Democratic Services, Headquarters, High Street, Elgin IV30 4GL or an electronic copy to

Once the personal licence has been granted, a half day refresher course must be completed at the five year mark and the training certificate must be sent to the address above, after we have received a copy of your certificate, we will retain a copy for our records, update the training schedule for your personal licence and send out an updated training Annex.

You will need to replace the Annex page in your current licence.

Renewal applications can be completed on the same form and follow the same process, once a further one day refresher course has been passed then the training certificate, photo, completed application form and fee can be sent to the above address.

FAQ  about personal licences can be found here

Details of requirements for personal licence holders can be found here (notes on page 3) as well as after the main body of the application form.

Further guidance can be found here 
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Information on the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 is available on the website of the Scottish Parliament

A personal licence application or a personal licence renewal application must be made in writing or, if the Licensing Board to which the application is made so agrees, by electronic transmission.

  1. Change of name or address

    Section 88 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires that a personal licence holder must, no later than one month after any change in the licence holder’s name or address, give the Licensing Board which issued the licence notice of the change. It is an offence not to do so.
  2. Licensing qualifications

    Licensing qualifications are dealt with in section 91 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. In summary, to be eligible for a personal licence, an applicant must be aged 18 or over and possess a licensing qualification, and no personal licence previously held by the applicant must have been revoked within the period of 5 years ending with the day on which the application was received by the Licensing Board.
  3. Photograph

    The application must be accompanied by one passport-style photograph of the applicant which must measure 45 millimetres by 35 millimetres, be on photographic paper, be taken against a light background and show the full face of the applicant, without the applicant wearing sunglasses or any head covering (unless the applicant wears such a covering on account of a religious belief).

    The photograph submitted with your application should be endorsed on the back. This endorsement should, contain the words “I certify that this is a true likeness of (name of applicant)”, followed by the full name of the person endorsing the photograph.
  4. Convictions

    Section 75 of the Act places a duty on an applicant for a personal licence to notify the Licensing Board if he or she has been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence during the time between making the application and the application being determined by the Licensing Board. Furthermore, section 82 of the Act requires personal licence holders to notify their Licensing Board of any convictions for relevant or foreign offences within one month of the licence holder being convicted.

  5. Data Protection Act 2018

    The information on this form may be held on an electronic public register which may be available to members of the public on request, for details search the Moray Council website for Licensing Privacy Statement.

Moray Licensing Board Guidelines

Guidance on completion of Personal licence application forms (PDF)
Form to record endorsement of personal licence photograph (PDF)
List of Relevant Offences (PDF)

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