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 (3917)

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.

1/1/1998 - 10/15/1998Yes 1 Citations
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.

10/16/1998 - 1/1/2019YesYes2 Citations
Alaska (3916)
1/1/1998 - 9/26/2004Yes 
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.

9/27/2004 - 1/1/2019YesYes2 Citations
Arkansas (3918)
1/1/1998 - 7/31/2017Yes 1 Citations
Arkansas (3864)
8/1/2017 - 1/1/2019YesYes2 Citations
Connecticut (3922)
1/1/1998 - 9/30/1998Yes 2 Citations
Connecticut (3867)
10/1/1998 - 1/1/2019YesYes4 Citations
Florida (3925)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/1999  
Florida (3869)
7/1/1999 - 1/1/2019Yes 2 Citations
Hawaii (3927)
1/1/1998 - 7/1/1999Yes 
Hawaii (3871)
7/2/1999 - 1/1/2019YesYes2 Citations
Indiana (3931)

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.

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2008  No Law
1 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.

7/1/2008 - 1/1/2019 Yes3 Citations
Kansas (3932)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2000Yes 1 Citations
Kansas (3877)
7/1/2000 - 1/1/2019YesYes5 Citations
Missouri (3940)
1/1/1998 - 8/29/2006Yes 4 Citations
Missouri (3913)
8/30/2006 - 1/1/2019YesYes5 Citations
Nebraska (3945)
1/1/1998 - 8/31/2001Yes 2 Citations
Nebraska (3887)
9/1/2001 - 1/1/2019YesYes5 Citations
Ohio (3951)
1/1/1998 - 4/6/2004Yes 1 Citations
Ohio (3895)
4/7/2004 - 1/1/2019YesYes3 Citations
Oklahoma (3952)

In Oklahoma, persons under 21 may purchase low-point beer (defined as beer or malt beverages not more than 3.2 percent ABW) if under the direct supervision of their parent or guardian. Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 246. (Provisions specific to beer containing not more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight are not used as a basis for APIS coding.)

1/1/1998 - 10/31/2015  No Law
4 Citations
Oklahoma (3896)
11/1/2015 - 9/30/2018YesYes5 Citations
Oklahoma (4146)
10/1/2018 - 1/1/2019 Yes2 Citations
Oregon (3953)
1/1/1998 - 12/31/2001Yes 
Oregon (3897)
1/1/2002 - 1/1/2019YesYes2 Citations
Pennsylvania (3954)
1/1/1998 - 1/31/2003Yes 
Pennsylvania (3898)
2/1/2003 - 1/1/2019YesYes4 Citations
Rhode Island (3955)
1/1/1998 - 7/14/2003Yes 1 Citations
Rhode Island (3899)
7/15/2003 - 1/1/2019YesYes3 Citations
South Carolina (3956)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2007Yes 2 Citations
South Carolina (3914)
7/1/2007 - 1/1/2019YesYes4 Citations
Vermont (3962)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2000Yes 
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.

7/1/2000 - 1/1/2019  No Law
1 Citations
Wisconsin (3964)
1/1/1998 - 12/13/2013Yes 1 Citations
Wisconsin (3908)
12/14/2013 - 1/1/2019YesYes3 Citations
Wyoming (3966)
1/1/1998 - 3/12/2002Yes 1 Citations
Wyoming (3909)
3/13/2002 - 1/1/2019YesYes3 Citations