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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AL (Alabama)

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.

1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
AK (Alaska)

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.

1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
AZ (Arizona)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
AR (Arkansas)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
CA (California)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
CO (Colorado)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
CT (Connecticut)
1/1/2017YesYes4 Citations
DE (Delaware)

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.

1/1/2017  No Law
1 Citations
DC (District of Columbia)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
FL (Florida)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
GA (Georgia)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
HI (Hawaii)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
ID (Idaho)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
IL (Illinois)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
IN (Indiana)

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.

1/1/2017 Yes3 Citations
IA (Iowa)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
KS (Kansas)
1/1/2017YesYes5 Citations
KY (Kentucky)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
LA (Louisiana)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
ME (Maine)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
MD (Maryland)
1/1/2017Yes 3 Citations
MA (Massachusetts)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
MI (Michigan)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
MN (Minnesota)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
MS (Mississippi)
1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
MO (Missouri)
1/1/2017YesYes5 Citations
MT (Montana)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
NE (Nebraska)
1/1/2017YesYes5 Citations
NV (Nevada)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
NH (New Hampshire)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
NJ (New Jersey)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
NM (New Mexico)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
NY (New York)

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.

1/1/2017  No Law
1 Citations
NC (North Carolina)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
ND (North Dakota)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
OH (Ohio)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
OK (Oklahoma)
1/1/2017YesYes5 Citations
OR (Oregon)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
SC (South Carolina)
1/1/2017YesYes4 Citations
SD (South Dakota)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
TN (Tennessee)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
TX (Texas)
1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
UT (Utah)
1/1/2017YesYes4 Citations
VT (Vermont)

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.

1/1/2017  No Law
1 Citations
VA (Virginia)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
WA (Washington)
1/1/2017Yes 1 Citations
WV (West Virginia)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
WI (Wisconsin)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
WY (Wyoming)
1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
US ( United States)

Please see Federal Law for this policy topic.

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