Permission to officiate

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Permission to Officiate (PTO) is a concessionary license granted by a Church of England or Church in Wales Bishop.

Such a license may commonly be issued to a retired Deacon, Priest[1] or Reader over the age of 70 years.[2] It allows the person to continue to perform the duties of their calling within the diocese (or part thereof, as may be specified in the license) for a limited period of time.

A cleric who was ordained priest or deacon by an overseas bishop needs to have permission to officiate from the Archbishop of the province in which he or she intends to officiate before applying to the diocesan bishop for a diocesan licence or permission to officiate.[3]


  1. ^ "Supporting the Ministry of Retired Clergy" (DOC). Deployment, Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee. London, United Kingdom: Archbishops' Council. 12 April 2007. p. 7. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "On Being A Reader - What is a Reader?" (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Central Readers' Council of the Church of England. p. 3 and 10. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Home > About Us > Structure > Legal Services > Frequently Asked Questions". The Church of England. London, United Kingdom: Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 10 April 2012.