A Criminal Record Check is an essential component of your Personal Licence Application. This Check must be issued no more than a month before sending your application to council and ensures that there are no relevant offences that would disqualify you from obtaining and holding a Personal Licence.
If any unspent relevant or foreign offences are present, the Licensing Authority can only grant your Personal Licence after consulting the local police. If the police deem that granting the licence would undermine the Crime Reduction objection of the Licensing Act of 2003, your application must be refused.
What are Relevant Offences?
The Licensing Act 2003 includes a long list of relevant offences. This list includes various crimes of violence and dishonesty, offences pursuant to the Licensing Act 1964, offences pertaining to drugs and firearms and even drunk driving offences.
Below, you’ll find a list of all Acts that contain relevant offences.
• Offences under the Firearms Act 1968
• Offences under Section 1 of the Trade Descriptions Act 1968
• Offences under the Theft Act 1968
• Offences under Section 7(2) of the Gaming Act 1968
• Offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
• Offences under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979
• Offences under the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979
• Offences under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981
• Offences under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988
• Offences under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
• Causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs
• Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drink or drugs
• Driving a vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed legal limits
• Offences under provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990
• Offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994
• Offences under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997
• A sexual offence
• A violent offence, meaning an offence which leads to, or is intended to lead to, physical injury to a person or a person’s death
• An offence required to be charged as arson
Of course, not all offences included under these Acts may be relevant. For a full list, please click here.
If you need additional information or guidance regarding Criminal Record Checks, please contact one of our Advisors for prompt assistance