You need a pedlar’s certificate if you sell door to door
The certificate lets you sell throughout the UK. You must trade on foot and carry your goods with you (you may use something like a small trolley).
You do not need a certificate if you are a commercial traveller; a book seller; seller of vegetables, fish, fruit or victuals (food and drink) or you are selling in a public mart, market or legally established fair.
If you are a street trader, you need to apply for a street trading licence from your local council.
Eligibility for a Pedlar’s Certificate
To apply you need to:
- be 17 years or over
- have lived in the local authority where you are applying for at least 28 days
How to apply
Apply for a Pedlar’s certificate at your local police station. You need to take:
- two passport sized photos of you
- a form of identity e.g. a passport or a driving licence
- proof of your address
- details of a referee
The certificate costs £12.25 and lasts for a year.
You can download the application form here.
Fines and penalties
You must produce you certificate if someone asks to see it
If you work as a pedlar without a certificate – or you 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