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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Timeline of changes for Underage Purchase of Alcohol
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Alabama   
  • Jurisdiction: Alabama
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/16/1998
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                                 
Alaska                          
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/27/2004
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                          
ArizonaNo Change
Arkansas                                                                              
  • Jurisdiction: Arkansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/1/2017
  • Change: Other provision changed
  • Details
      
CaliforniaNo Change
ColoradoNo Change
Connecticut   
  • Jurisdiction: Connecticut
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/1998
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                                 
DelawareNo Change
District of ColumbiaNo Change
Florida      
  • Jurisdiction: Florida
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1999
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase adopted
  • Details
                                                                              
GeorgiaNo Change
Hawaii      
  • Jurisdiction: Hawaii
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/2/1999
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                              
IdahoNo Change
IllinoisNo Change
Indiana                                          
  • Jurisdiction: Indiana
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2008
  • Change: Law enforcement exception established
  • Details
                                          
IowaNo Change
Kansas          
  • Jurisdiction: Kansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                          
KentuckyNo Change
LouisianaNo Change
MaineNo Change
MarylandNo Change
MassachusettsNo Change
MichiganNo Change
MinnesotaNo Change
MississippiNo Change
Missouri                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Missouri
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/30/2006
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                  
MontanaNo Change
Nebraska              
  • Jurisdiction: Nebraska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/2001
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                      
NevadaNo Change
New HampshireNo Change
New JerseyNo Change
New MexicoNo Change
New YorkNo Change
North CarolinaNo Change
North DakotaNo Change
Ohio                         
  • Jurisdiction: Ohio
  • Effective Date of Change: 4/7/2004
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                           
Oklahoma                                                                       
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/1/2015
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase adopted
  • Details
           
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2018
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase repealed
  • Details
 
Oregon                
  • Jurisdiction: Oregon
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2002
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                    
Pennsylvania                    
  • Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/1/2003
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                
Rhode Island                      
  • Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/15/2003
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                              
South Carolina                                      
  • Jurisdiction: South Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2007
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                              
South DakotaNo Change
TennesseeNo Change
TexasNo Change
UtahNo Change
Vermont          
  • Jurisdiction: Vermont
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase eliminated
  • Details
                                                                          
VirginiaNo Change
WashingtonNo Change
West VirginiaNo Change
Wisconsin                                                               
  • Jurisdiction: Wisconsin
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/14/2013
  • Change: Law enforcement exception created
  • Details
                     
Wyoming                
  • Jurisdiction: Wyoming
  • Effective Date of Change: 3/13/2002
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                    
United StatesNo Change