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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Changes Over Time for Underage Purchase of Alcohol
Jurisdiction Date Range Purchase
Prohibited
Youth May
Purchase for
Law Enforcement
Purposes
Citations
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.

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

10/16/1998 - 1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
AK (Alaska)
1/1/1998 - 9/26/2004Yes 1 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.

9/27/2004 - 1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
CT (Connecticut)
1/1/1998 - 9/30/1998Yes 3 Citations
CT (Connecticut)
10/1/1998 - 1/1/2017YesYes4 Citations
FL (Florida)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/1999  
FL (Florida)
7/1/1999 - 1/1/2017Yes 2 Citations
HI (Hawaii)
1/1/1998 - 7/1/1999Yes 1 Citations
HI (Hawaii)
7/2/1999 - 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.

1/1/1998 - 6/30/2008  No Law
1 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.

7/1/2008 - 1/1/2017 Yes3 Citations
KS (Kansas)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2000Yes 1 Citations
KS (Kansas)
7/1/2000 - 1/1/2017YesYes5 Citations
MO (Missouri)
1/1/1998 - 8/29/2006Yes 4 Citations
MO (Missouri)
8/30/2006 - 1/1/2017YesYes7 Citations
NE (Nebraska)
1/1/1998 - 8/31/2001Yes 2 Citations
NE (Nebraska)
9/1/2001 - 1/1/2017YesYes6 Citations
OH (Ohio)
1/1/1998 - 4/6/2004Yes 1 Citations
OH (Ohio)
4/7/2004 - 1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
OK (Oklahoma)

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
OK (Oklahoma)
11/1/2015 - 1/1/2017YesYes5 Citations
OR (Oregon)
1/1/1998 - 12/31/2001Yes 1 Citations
OR (Oregon)
1/1/2002 - 1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)
1/1/1998 - 1/31/2003Yes 1 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)
2/1/2003 - 1/1/2017YesYes2 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
1/1/1998 - 7/14/2003Yes 1 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
7/15/2003 - 1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
SC (South Carolina)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2007Yes 2 Citations
SC (South Carolina)
7/1/2007 - 1/1/2017YesYes6 Citations
VT (Vermont)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2000Yes 1 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.

7/1/2000 - 1/1/2017  No Law
1 Citations
WI (Wisconsin)
1/1/1998 - 12/13/2013Yes 1 Citations
WI (Wisconsin)
12/14/2013 - 1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations
WY (Wyoming)
1/1/1998 - 3/12/2002Yes 1 Citations
WY (Wyoming)
3/13/2002 - 1/1/2017YesYes3 Citations