Underage Drinking

Underage Purchase of Alcohol

Laws prohibiting minors from purchasing or attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages, together with laws allowing persons under age 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages for law enforcement purposes.

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Alabama (3911)

In Alabama, the law enforcement exception to the prohibition against underage purchase of alcohol is contained in an administrative regulation, Ala. Admin. Code r. 20-X-13-.01. APIS was only able to research this Alabama regulation back to October 16, 1998. Based on the limited availability of historic administrative regulations, APIS cannot conclude this exception did not exist prior to this date in this or another regulation.

1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Alaska (3863)

Although the amendment creating the law enforcement exception was approved in July of 2005, the effective date for the exception was made retroactive to September 27, 2004. See 2005 Alaska Sess. Laws 72.

1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Arizona (3912)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
Arkansas (3864)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
California (3865)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
Colorado (3866)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Connecticut (3867)
1/1/2020YesYes4 Citations
Delaware (3868)

Delaware does not have a statute that specifically prohibits purchase, but it does prohibit “obtaining” alcohol in connection with making a false statement. See Del. Code Ann. tit. 4, § 904(b). APIS does not include laws with such limitations in the Purchase policy topic.

1/1/2020  No Law
1 Citations
District of Columbia (3874)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Florida (3869)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Georgia (3870)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Hawaii (3871)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Idaho (3872)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Illinois (3873)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Indiana (3875)

Indiana does not have a statute that specifically prohibits purchase, but it does prohibit purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol in connection with making a false statement or using false evidence of majority or identity. See Ind. Code § 7.1-5-7-1. APIS does not include laws with such limitations in the Purchase policy topic.

1/1/2020 Yes3 Citations
Iowa (3876)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Kansas (3877)
1/1/2020YesYes5 Citations
Kentucky (3878)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Louisiana (3879)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Maine (3880)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Maryland (3881)
1/1/2020Yes 3 Citations
Massachusetts (3882)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Michigan (3883)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Minnesota (3884)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Mississippi (3885)
1/1/2020Yes 2 Citations
Missouri (3913)
1/1/2020YesYes5 Citations
Montana (3886)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Nebraska (3887)
1/1/2020YesYes5 Citations
Nevada (3888)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
New Hampshire (3889)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
New Jersey (3890)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
New Mexico (3891)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
New York (3892)

New York does not have a statute that specifically prohibits purchase, but it does prohibit purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol by using false evidence of age. See N.Y. Alco. Bev. Cont. Law § 65-b. APIS does not include laws with such limitations in the Purchase policy topic.

1/1/2020  No Law
1 Citations
North Carolina (3893)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
North Dakota (3894)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Ohio (3895)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
Oklahoma (4146)
1/1/2020 Yes2 Citations
Oregon (3897)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Pennsylvania (3898)
1/1/2020YesYes4 Citations
Rhode Island (3899)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
South Carolina (3914)
1/1/2020YesYes4 Citations
South Dakota (3900)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Tennessee (3901)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Texas (3902)
1/1/2020YesYes2 Citations
Utah (3903)
1/1/2020YesYes4 Citations
Vermont (3904)

Vermont previously had a law that made it a crime for a minor to "procure" alcoholic beverages. Beginning on July 1, 2000, however, Vermont only prohibits minors from procuring alcohol in connection with a false representation of age. See 2000 Vt. Acts & Resolves 160. APIS does not include laws with such limitations in the Purchase policy topic.

1/1/2020  No Law
1 Citations
Virginia (3905)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
Washington (3906)
1/1/2020Yes 1 Citations
West Virginia (3907)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
Wisconsin (3908)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
Wyoming (3909)
1/1/2020YesYes3 Citations
United States (3910)

Please see the Federal Law page for this policy topic, on the About This Policy tab.

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