Underage Drinking

Nevada

The policy topics, below, address statues and regulations related to underage drinking and access to alcohol.

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • private location
  • OR parent/guardian
  • OR spouse

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Purchase is prohibited and there is NO ALLOWANCE for youth purchase for law enforcement purposes.

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • parent/guardian
  • Beer: 21 for both servers and bartenders
  • Wine: 21 for both servers and bartenders
  • Spirits: 21 for both servers and bartenders
  • Beer: 16
  • Wine: 16
  • Spirits: 16

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • manager/supervisor is present

Provision(s) targeting minors:

  • Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense
  • No driver's license suspension procedure

Provision(s) targeting suppliers:

  • It is a criminal offense to lend, transfer, or sell a false ID
  • It is a criminal offense to manufacture or distribute a false ID

Provision(s) targeting retailers:

  • Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older
  • Specific affirmative defense - the retailer inspected the false ID and came to a reasonable conclusion based on its appearance that it was valid

BAC limit: 0.02 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation.

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:

  • Underage purchase
  • Underage possession

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 18

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: 90 days
  • Maximum: 730 days

No State-imposed liability for hosting underage drinking parties.