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Bureau of Law Enforcement

Virginia ABC is charged with enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth pertaining to the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. This responsibility is met by the Bureau of Law Enforcement, which also serves as a key resource for information about Virginia alcohol laws

Virginia ABC special agents have full police powers with a diverse range of duties—from investigating license applicants and conducting underage sale compliance checks, to enforcing ABC laws in more than 17,000 licensed establishments. They also investigate and prosecute criminal activities ranging from drugs, gangs and gambling, to money laundering and tax evasion.

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Working with Licensees

Committed to working with licensees in a transparent, fair and impartial way, special agents are the primary resource for questions related to operating a business with an ABC license. Contact a special agent via your regional ABC office. Special agents also conduct free licensee training.

Partner with Us

We are involved with multiple prevention and education initiatives in keeping with our community policing philosophy. In addition to providing training, we participate in community events and other outreach to advocate zero tolerance for underage drinking and other forms of dangerous and risky behavior.

Discover the Latest News

We participate in, and often lead, state, local and federal investigations involving crimes such as illegal liquor manufacturing and distribution, cigarette smuggling, drug distribution and more. Please refer to the media room for the latest news.

Contact an ABC Regional Enforcement Office

Do you have a question regarding Virginia’s alcohol laws? Contact the special agent in your area for an answer. 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. Visit our regional offices page to find contact information for your local office.

 

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Contact Us

The Bureau of Law Enforcement has nine regional offices and one satellite office that serve as points of contact for citizens and licensees.

Report a Violation

To report an ABC law violation or object to an ABC license: Call (800) 552-3200 or submit the Violation Complaint Form.

Circular Letters

Circular letters are periodically issued by the Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement to communicate changes in ABC regulations to the licensee community. They are available in the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall

Agent Recruitment

Virginia ABC special agents, more than 100 across the state, are sworn police officers vested with statewide authority of arrest. Special agents are recruited from a competitive applicant pool, providing an increasingly diverse workforce. Learn more about becoming an ABC special agent.

ABC Violations

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

PLEASE NOTE: Access to Virginia ABC's website will be interrupted from 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, through 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, as the commonwealth performs internet maintenance.