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
page 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
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.