As has already been discussed previously, the Government is aiming to remove the requirements for Personal Licence Holders to renew their Licence every ten years through the de-regulation bill which is currently before Parliament.
Unfortunately, the bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent before the tenth anniversary of the date on which the first Personal Licences were granted. To ensure that Personal Licence Holders aren’t disadvantaged by this position the Government is introducing new arrangements through secondary legislation for those who’s Licences are due for renewal before the proposal in the bill comes into force. New application forms are yet to be made available however what is known is that applicants need to complete the new form and submit it to their Licensing Authority no later than one month before their Licence expires.
They will also need to enclose their current Personal Licence or possibly a copy.
Unfortunately we don’t yet have an exact date as to when the repeal of the requirement to renew a Personal Licence is going to take effect and so all that can be said currently is that those Personal Licence Holders who’re Licence is expiring early in 2015 will need to complete and submit a short application form to their Licensing Authority.
They won’t, however, have enclosed a fee, photographs or a criminal conviction certificate. A guidance document is attached which very helpfully sets out the current position but unfortunately, there is still no clarity as to precisely which Personal Licence Holders will be affected and what form they need to fill in. All we can say is to watch this space.
For further information, please contact Andrew Cochrane.