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
                                                                         
ARNo Change
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