Pedlar's certificate


You may need a pedlar’s certificate if you sell door to door or in the street without a stall or fixed location.
To be a pedlar you must:

  • Trade on foot
  • Carry your goods with you (although case law has suggested that a small means of transporting goods may be acceptable)
  • Generally keep on the move, pausing to make sales

How to apply

Apply for a pedlar’s certificate at your local police station. You need to take:

  • 2 photos of you
  • a form of identity, eg a passport or driving licence
  • proof of your address
  • details of a referee

The certificate costs £12.25 and lasts 1 year.

Fines and penalties

You must produce your certificate if someone asks to see it.

If you work as a pedlar without a certificate - or let someone else use yours - you could be fined up to £200.

You could also get a prison sentence of up to 6 months if you either:

  • give false information when you apply
  • make or carry a forged certificate

(Source: gov.uk / pedlars-certificate)

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