Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Licence

Renew Your Licence

We will accept licence renewals up to four months in advance of when your current licence expires. If your application for renewal is successful and is processed before your existing licence expires, you will not be disadvantaged as the new licence will expire three years after your current licence expires.

If you submit your application earlier than this it will be treated as a new application. If the application is successful your new licence will expire three years from when we grant it. It will not be extended by the time remaining on your current licence.

A licence renewal costs the same as a new application (£220). No additional training or qualification is required for a licence renewal unless you are renewing a door supervisor licence and you have not attained one of the current licence-linked qualifications (the ones introduced in Summer 2010).

More about renewing a door supervisor licence

DBS Consent Statement

When you apply for a licence you give your consent for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to share with us the data it holds on you. You must read the DBS consent statement before you apply.

Read the DBS consent statement

Ask Your Employer

Your employer can renew your licence on your behalf using our e-Renewals service. You will need to give them your authorisation code in order for them to do this. Your authorisation code is provided in the reminder letters we send you four months and two months before your current licence expires.

Renew by Telephone

Call 0844 892 1025 - our lines are open 8am until 8pm Monday-Friday. We will confirm your details over the telephone, ask you to make a declaration and take your card payment. The whole process should take around 15 minutes. We will then complete our standard checks, including requesting a criminal record check, before making a decision on your licence application.

Please note:

  • You will need to pay the licence fee by debit or credit card. Other methods of payment cannot be accepted through this service.
  • You must have supplied us with a photographic group A document in support of your previous licence application(s).
  • The details you provide must match the ones we have on file. If they do not (for example, if you have changed your name or address and have not told us) then we will not be able to proceed with your renewal.

Fill In Your Application Online

You can fill in your application online and then print it yourself or request that we print it and post it to you. You must then sign and date it and send it to us along with the required supporting documentation and payment.

The service checks your address electronically. If the check is successful then you will not have to submit any documentation to prove your address; if the check is unsuccessful then we will tell you which documents to provide.

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