State Alcohol Training Requirement Laws

In the United States, each state has the authority to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol within its borders. This means state and local jurisdictions may have their own requirements in addition to federal requirements. State laws and regulations vary widely from state to state, and may be more restrictive than federal regulations.

Below is a chart of the state-specific Alcohol Seller-Server regulatory requirements:

Disclaimer
The information in the chart is just a guide and believed to be accurate at the time provided. No warranty of accuracy is given. Please check with your liquor control agency or regulatory body within your jurisdiction for the most current information.

Chart Legend

  • (M) Mandatory – States that require at least some alcohol servers/sellers, managers, and/or licensees to attend training.
  • (V) Voluntary – States that provide incentives to licensees for servers/sellers, managers, and/or licensees to participate in training programs.
  • (M+V) Voluntary and Mandatory – States may have both types of programs.  For example, a State may mandate training for new licenses and offer voluntary programs for existing licensees.  Alternatively, a State may have a mandatory program and offer a more intensive, voluntary program that provides additional benefits for licensees choosing to participate in both.
  • (NL) No Law – States that have no statutory or regulatory provisions pertaining to mandatory or voluntary Beverage Service Training and Related Practices programs.
State
M
V
M+V
NL
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
✔*
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington DC
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

* By July 1, 2018, all Illinois on-premise alcohol servers(and those required to check identification for alcohol service) will be mandated to take a BASSET course.
Source: Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) – BASSET Education

A few states have their own program that must be taught to servers of alcohol.

TEXAS TABC CERTIFICATION
Texas has their TABC Certification(Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission) program that all Texas servers of alcohol must pass. This TABC certification is available at each of our Texas bartending schools and we also have an economical, Texas approved online course on this website. Simple click on the Texas Banner below to go directly to the sign up page. Most all bars and restaurants in Texas require the TABC certification.

WISCONSIN BARTENDING LICENSE
Our Wisconsin Online certification course is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and complies with statutes 125.04 and 125.17. The Wisconsin certification is called a “bartender license”.

NEW YORK ALCOHOL CERTIFICATION
Our New York alcohol certification is currently the only New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) approved online course. The course in not currently required by New York state law, but many New York bars and insurance companies are requiring this certification before an employee can bartend.