Can People Buy Alcoholic Beverage Licenses?

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Please note. This article is neither "pro" nor "con" regarding people getting an alcohol license.

To the contrary, this article is included so that our visitors have a better idea what is involved in getting an alcohol license.

Certainly there are numerous fees associated with obtaining an alcoholic beverage license, but the more accurate description for obtaining a "retail alcohol beverage license" centers predominately on the application process and includes satisfying a number of qualifications.

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The Alcoholic Beverage License Application Process

In the strictest sense of the word, people cannot buy alcoholic beverage licenses.

Certainly there are many fees associated with obtaining an alcoholic beverage license, but the more accurate description for obtaining a retail alcohol beverage license focuses more on the application process, including satisfying the following qualifications:

  • The professional character of the licensee, partners, directors, members, and stockholders (this usually means no felonies or misdemeanors).

  • Residency requirements of the applicant, partners, corporate agent, or the agent of a limited liability company (typically, this requirement can be met be active residency in the respective state for at least 90 days).

  • Completion of a Beverage Server Training Course for the licensee, partners, corporate agent, or the agent of a limited liability company (these courses are typically taught by a Bartending College).

  • The age of the applicant (licensee), partners, corporate officers, and all members of a limited liability company. All must be 21 or older.

Additional Application Requirements

Other application requirements include the following:

  • Obtaining an Occupancy Permit (usually obtained from the city where the drinking establishment will be located).

  • Scheduling and Passing a Health Department Inspection (this must be done even if no food will be served).

  • Obtaining a Food License from the Health Department (i.e., if food will be served).

  • Fingerprinting the licensee, partners, corporate officers, members of a limited liability company, and stockholders owning 20% or more or stock. If the application is for a non-profit establishment, only the agent of the organization is required to be fingerprinted.

  • Registration with the State (this must be done if the application is from a corporation or a limited liability company).

  • Passing a Police Investigation by the licensee, partners, corporate agent, or the agent of a limited liability company).

  • Obtaining a Retail Liquor Dealer's Stamp (required by Federal Law).

  • Getting a State Seller's Permit (required by the respective State).

Alcoholic Beverage License Fees

The following Retail License Classifications and Fees must be paid:

  • Class "A" Intoxicating Liquor License (Fee: $510.00).

  • Class "A" Fermented Malt Beverage (Beer) License(Fee: $360.00).

  • Class A Liquor and Malt License (Fee: $860.00) (This is an application for both of the above two licenses for the same premises).

  • Class "B" Fermented Malt Beverage License (Fee: $110.00).

  • Class B Tavern License (Fee: $610.00).

  • Class "C" Wine License (Fee: $110.00).

The following forms must be submitted:

  • Detailed Floor Plan.

  • Providing detailed information regarding all arrests and convictions in the application.

  • Alcohol Beverage License Application.

After reviewing all of the above requirements that must be accomplished in the application process, it appears that the $1,700 or $2,000 for License Fees might be the least problematic aspect when people seek to "buy alcoholic beverage licenses."

From a different perspective, with all of the pressure being aimed at drunken drivers by law enforcement agencies, political organizations, and activists groups such as MADD, it seems appropriate to inquire why an individual would want to obtain a retail alcohol beverage license, particularly if he or she wants to open a tavern or a bar.

Stated differently, why go through so many hoops and put up with such a hassle?

Conclusion: Can People Buy Alcoholic Beverage Licenses?

Can people buy alcoholic beverage licenses? Clearly, there are many fees associated with obtaining an alcoholic beverage license.

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In the strictest sense of the word, nevertheless, the more accurate description for obtaining a retail alcohol beverage license focuses mainly on the application process and includes following through on a multitude of qualifications.

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