Underage Drinking

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers

Laws that specify a minimum age for employees who sell alcoholic beverages in off-premises establishments.

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Beer Wine Spirits
Colorado (3256)

Although employees must be at least 21 years of age to sell malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors in a retail liquor store, employees at least 18 years of age may sell fermented malt beverages containing not more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight in establishments where fermented malt beverages are sold at retail in containers for off-premises consumption.

1/1/2003 - 12/31/2018212121 5 Citations
Colorado (4103)
1/1/2019 - 1/1/2019182121 6 Citations
Connecticut (3281)
1/1/2003 - 6/1/2016151818 1 Citations
Connecticut (3257)

Although any person 15 years of age or older may be employed by a grocery store beer permitee, as of June 2, 2016, an employee 18 years of age or over must approve all beer sales.

6/2/2016 - 1/1/2019151818Yes2 Citations
Indiana (3290)
1/1/2003 - 6/30/2008181818Yes2 Citations
Indiana (3267)
7/1/2008 - 1/1/2019191919Yes4 Citations
Nebraska (3304)
1/1/2003 - 4/18/2016191919 1 Citations
Nebraska (3230)

Employees between 16 and 19 years of age may complete a transaction for the sale of beer, wine, or spirits, if they do not handle or serve it.

4/19/2016 - 1/1/2019161616 2 Citations
Oklahoma (3237)
1/1/2003 - 9/30/2018212121 1 Citations
Oklahoma (4142)
10/1/2018 - 1/1/2019181821 3 Citations
South Dakota (3242)
1/1/2003 - 6/30/201002121 3 Citations
South Dakota (4125)

Between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2018, any off-sale licensee may permit persons 18 years old or older to sell alcoholic beverages if less than 50 percent of its gross business transacted is from alcoholic beverage sales. Beginning on July 1, 2018, any off-sale licensee may permit persons 18 years old or older to sell alcoholic beverages if less than 50 percent of its gross business transacted is from alcoholic beverage sales or the licensee or an employee that is at least 21 years of age is on the premises when the alcoholic beverage is sold. 

7/1/2010 - 1/1/2019181818 5 Citations
Washington (3322)
1/1/2003 - 12/7/2011181821Yes1 Citations
Washington (3248)

There must be at least two adults twenty-one years of age or older on duty supervising the sale of spirits at the licensed premises. Wash. Rev. Code § 66.44.340

12/8/2011 - 1/1/2019181818Yes2 Citations