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July 1, 2014
TABC Certification Age Requirements
One of the most common questions I get when teaching an on-site TABC certification class is whether or not the TABC has age requirements to get TABC certified, and how old an employee has to be to do different jobs around the workplace in regards to alcohol. For instance, do you have to be a certain age to just be a drink runner since you’re not the one actually taking the order?
First of all, the TABC has no age requirements for students who wish to get their TABC certification. You could be 10 years old and get TABC certified. That doesn’t mean you can legally sell alcohol in the state of Texas, but you can
enroll in a TABC certification course
Seller/Server Age Limits
Inc Requirements Restoration License Services • In regards to selling and serving alcohol, the age requirements laid out on the TABC’s website are really quite clear. Depending on the type of permit held by the establishment, there may or may not be age limits for serving/selling alcohol. The limits are as follows:
- Off-Premise License or Permit (e.g. most grocery/convenience stores) – No age restriction
- On-Premise License or Permit (e.g. bar or restaurant) – Must be 18 or over to serve/sell
- Package Store (Liquor Store) – Must be 21 or over
- Wine Only Package Store (Store that sells wine for off-premise consumption containing a higher alcohol content than your typical grocery store) – Must be 16 or over.
That’s it. Pretty straightforward. For you restaurant and bar people, this means you must be at least 18 regardless of whether you’re taking the order or just delivering the drinks.
TABC On The Fly is an official, approved provider of on-site and online TABC certification courses licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
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