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State Profiles of Underage Drinking Laws

- Maine -

Underage Drinking: Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Underage Drinking: Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Underage Drinking: Underage Purchase of Alcohol

Purchase is prohibited and there is NO ALLOWANCE for youth purchase for law enforcement purposes.

Underage Drinking: Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Underage Drinking: Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders

Beer: 17 for both servers and bartenders
Wine: 17 for both servers and bartenders
Spirits: 17 for both servers and bartenders

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • manager/supervisor is present

Underage Drinking: Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers

Beer: 17
Wine: 17
Spirits: 17

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • manager/supervisor is present

Underage Drinking: False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol

Provision(s) targeting minors:

  • Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense
  • Penalty may include driver's license suspension through a judicial procedure

Provision(s) targeting suppliers:

  • It is a criminal offense to lend, transfer, or sell a false ID

Provision(s) targeting retailers:

  • Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older
  • Retailers are permitted to seize apparently false IDs
  • No statutory affirmative defense - statutes do not provide an affirmative defense related to retailer's belief that the minor was 21 years of age or older

Notes:
In Maine, the Provisions Targeting Suppliers apply to acts prohibited by minors. The more general laws that address adults are not collected here as they are not, for APIS purposes, specific to the lending, transfer, sale, or production of false identification for a minor's obtaining alcoholic beverages.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits: Youth (Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles)
BAC limit: 0.00 - any detectable alcohol in the blood is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation.

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition: at least 7.75 gallons

Prohibited:

  • possessing an unregistered, unlabeled keg - max. fine/jail: $500
  • destroying the label on a keg - max. fine/jail: $1000 / 6 months

Purchaser information collected:

  • purchaser's name and address
  • Warning information to purchaser: passive – no purchaser action required

    Deposit required: $

    Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs

    Underage Drinking: Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties

    Social host law is not specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

    Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession Consumption

    Property type(s) covered by liability law:

    • Residence
    • Outdoor
    • Other

    Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: KNOWLEDGE - host must have actual knowledge of the occurrence

    Exception(s):

    • Family

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