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Beverage Service Training and Related Practices

Laws specifying requirements or incentives for retail alcohol outlets to participate in server training programs (often referred to as Responsible Beverage Service).

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Changes Over Time for Beverage Service Training and Related Practices
Jurisdiction Date Range Law Type Mandatory States
Training Required
Voluntary States
Incentives for Training
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MT (Montana)
1/1/2003 - 9/30/2011Voluntary    Yes  BothBoth3 Citations
MT (Montana)

In addition to managers and servers/sellers, Montana’s “responsible alcohol sales and service act” also applies to licensees or owners who personally engage in the role of selling or serving alcoholic beverages.

Although the effective date of Montana's enacting legislation adding a mandatory server training requirement was October 1, 2011 (see 2011 Mont. Laws 412), the mandatory training requirement was not fully implemented and enforceable and did not replace the voluntary server training program until January 13, 2012 (with a 30-day grace period).

10/1/2011 - 1/12/2012Mandatory YesYes    BothBoth7 Citations
MT (Montana)
10/1/2011 - 1/12/2012Voluntary    Yes  BothBoth2 Citations
MT (Montana)

Although the effective date of Montana's enacting legislation adding a mandatory server training requirement was October 1, 2011 (see 2011 Mont. Laws 412), the mandatory training requirement was not fully implemented and enforceable and did not replace the voluntary server training program until January 13, 2012 (with a 30-day grace period).

1/13/2012 - 1/1/2018Mandatory YesYes    BothBoth7 Citations