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Does having a criminal record affect my application for a Personal Management or Personal Functional Licence?

The Gambling Commission needs personal licence applications from anyone who is employed, or wants to be employed, in the gambling industry in Great Britain.

Find out more about our criteria for assessing applications in the licensing section of our website.

We review all the information you include on the application form and we also carry out a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service or Scottish Criminal Records Office. If you are an overseas applicant we will ask you to obtain a police certificate from your country of former residence.

If you have a criminal record, this does not mean we will automatically refuse your licence application. In assessing your application, we will take into account:

  • how serious the crime was
  • how relevant it is to the role
  • how long ago it was committed.

We take a serious view when applicants do not state previous convictions on the application form and will always contact the applicant to ask why this was not declared. We also check details of cautions, reprimands and spent convictions as well as current convictions.