How to Get a Beer & Liquor License

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To get a beer and liquor license, check with the state commission that regulates alcohol licenses, prepare for a background check and understand that each town or city is only allowed a certain number of liquor licenses. Apply for a liquor license with the appropriate government agency using advice from a professional bartender in this free video on getting a liquor license.

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There's no easy answer on how to obtain a liquor license because it varies state-by-state. So there is a commission in each state that makes alcohol laws and the first place you go is to them. You file all sorts of paperwork. They do a background check on you, on your criminal record if you have one. You being the person who is opening the business who is going to have this license in their name. You have to give them your social security number, all sorts of stuff. Ultimately though it goes back to the town. I believe each town has a certain number of liquor licenses they're allowed to give our and that depends on the population of your town or city. Ultimately it comes down to the town for the selection. And the commission will give the paperwork to them and they will decide if they want you running a business with a liquor license in their town. So you know you might have to be real nice to them, but they ultimately have the power to deny you. Every town has a certain number of liquor licenses they're allowed to give out based on population. In addition to everything I just said there may be different types of liquor licenses available to you and you're going to need to decide which one is appropriate for your bar. Some of them are beer and wine only. Some of them are full-bar. And some of them have other strange restrictions. Like I said, it's different at every state level.

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