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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AK                          
  • Jurisdiction: Alaska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/27/2004
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                      
AL   
  • Jurisdiction: Alabama
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/16/1998
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                             
AR                                                                              
  • Jurisdiction: Arkansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/1/2017
  • Change: Other provision changed
  • Details
  
AZNo Change
CANo Change
CONo Change
CT   
  • Jurisdiction: Connecticut
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/1998
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                             
DCNo Change
DENo Change
FL      
  • Jurisdiction: Florida
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1999
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase adopted
  • Details
                                                                          
GANo Change
HI      
  • Jurisdiction: Hawaii
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/2/1999
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                          
IANo Change
IDNo Change
ILNo Change
IN                                          
  • Jurisdiction: Indiana
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2008
  • Change: Law enforcement exception established
  • Details
                                      
KS          
  • Jurisdiction: Kansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                      
KYNo Change
LANo Change
MANo Change
MDNo Change
MENo Change
MINo Change
MNNo Change
MO                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Missouri
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/30/2006
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                              
MSNo Change
MTNo Change
NCNo Change
NDNo Change
NE              
  • Jurisdiction: Nebraska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/2001
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                  
NHNo Change
NJNo Change
NMNo Change
NVNo Change
NYNo Change
OH                         
  • Jurisdiction: Ohio
  • Effective Date of Change: 4/7/2004
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                       
OK                                                                       
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/1/2015
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase adopted
  • Details
         
OR                
  • Jurisdiction: Oregon
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/2002
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                
PA                    
  • Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania
  • Effective Date of Change: 2/1/2003
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                            
RI                      
  • Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/15/2003
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                          
SC                                      
  • Jurisdiction: South Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2007
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                          
SDNo Change
TNNo Change
TXNo Change
UTNo Change
VANo Change
VT          
  • Jurisdiction: Vermont
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: Prohibition on purchase eliminated
  • Details
                                                                      
WANo Change
WI                                                               
  • Jurisdiction: Wisconsin
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/14/2013
  • Change: Law enforcement exception created
  • Details
                 
WVNo Change
WY                
  • Jurisdiction: Wyoming
  • Effective Date of Change: 3/13/2002
  • Change: Allowance for law enforcement purchase established
  • Details
                                                                
USNo Change