The UK Gambling Commission has launched a new online application method to simplify the application process ahead of the proposed licensing changes that will be implemented later this year.
The system was created specifically in preparation for the implementation of the new Point of Consumption tax which will be introduced at the end of 2014. The Commission created the online application service for operators who don’t hold a licence and want to apply for a remote operating licence. While the new system is mandatory, companies that currently hold a non-remote license and wish to apply for a remote license must continue to use the manual application forms. The Commission believes that this process is the most efficient of its kind. The new form, called the Multi-Jurisdictional Business Form (MJBF), was designed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) and ensures standardization across all applications. This new service is also expected to reduce costs, effecting an overall cost reduction for operators.
Gambling Commission licensing manager Dawn Best said about the new application process: “This further development of online services for operators builds on the introduction of eServices in 2013. It’s always been our aim to enable license applicants to make applications online and this is the first step towards that.”