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ABC Enforcement training recertification

Bureau of Law Enforcement Training Academy Recertified

In March 2021, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) recertified the Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement Training Academy, reaffirming its status as an authorized in-service academy. The recertification is required every three years and involves a thorough examination of the academy’s administration, personnel, instruction and facility standards and policies, to ensure compliance with DCJS standards. The training academy is authorized to provide all required in-service training to its entire sworn cadre. This includes at least 34 hours of career development training, two hours of cultural diversity training and four hours of legal training, 40 hours total, every two years. Career development training also encompasses firearms training and other skill-based training such as defensive driving and defensive tactics.

Regional Office 5 Update

On Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m. the enforcement office in Hampton will close for in-person visits. They will reopen at their new location in Newport News on Monday, December 13 at 8:15 a.m.

During the transition, ABC special agents and staff will continue to provide support to licensees and answer questions. Licensees are encouraged to reach out to their special agent directly by phone or email or call the region seven office, which will continue to take calls at (757) 825-7830.

Residents can apply for one-day banquet and special event licenses online, and businesses can download and submit a retail license application.

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Interested in a Law Enforcement Career?

Virginia ABC special agents are an integral part of maintaining a safe, orderly and regulated system for responsible consumption of alcohol. Special agents are vested with statewide police authority to enforce the criminal laws of the commonwealth. 

Learn more about a career in ABC law enforcement.

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Our Response to COVID-19

ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement understands that this pandemic has greatly affected licensed businesses. Their success is our top priority. In this ever-changing climate, ABC will continue to provide our licensees with relief from regulatory challenges in areas where we have the authority to do so. For information on our regulatory updates, see our COVID-19 Licensee Resources page.
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Leyes de Alcohol en Virginia

Because laws and cultural traditions surrounding alcohol and alcohol consumption differ throughout the world, Virginia ABC translated important alcohol-related laws into Spanish to better serve Hispanic citizens and businesses. Read more.
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Moving into Virginia?

Are you planning to move alcoholic beverages with your household goods into Virginia? The Code of Virginia (COV 4.1-310) prohibits the transportation or importation of more than one gallon of alcohol into the state per individual per occasion. For one gallon or less, you do not need any paperwork. Read more.

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Regional Offices

Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement has nine regional offices and one satellite office that serve as points of contact for citizens and licensees. Find contact information for your local office.

Questions related to hearings and appeals should be directed to the Hearings, Appeals and Judicial Services Division.

ABC Violations

Please see Final Decisions and Scheduled Dockets for list of statutory and regulatory violations that have been adjudicated or are pending.