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Two New Initiatives, One Easy Change 

ABC's upcoming online licensing system will enable you to manage ABC transactions when and where it’s convenient for you—at your business, at home, during the day or after you’ve closed for the night.

Stay tuned for more information in our Licensee e-newsletter about our new licensing structure and to learn how you’ll be able to use our innovative web-based licensee portal to streamline your business by interacting with Virginia ABC online to apply for a license, manage and review existing licenses, and pay fines, fees and taxes.

Virginia ABC—your business partner that’s ready to work when you are.

Please visit our COVID-19 Licensee Resources page for updates regarding procedural and regulatory matters for ABC licensed businesses affected by COVID-19.
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"Do Not Sell" Stickers

For additional or replacement stickers, please complete the "Do Not Sell" sticker request form. Thank you for working with us and utilizing these free education and prevention tools.
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MIPS Help

Access the MIPS inventory system for vendors and carriers. Download the user manual (PDF).

See the MIPS Help page for more information.


WHAT IS A LICENSEE?

This section of the website is designed to assist licensees in maintaining a safe, regulated business.

ABC grants a range of privileges, or "licenses," to businesses, groups and individuals enabling the manufacture, distribution, selling and serving of alcoholic beverages in the Commonwealth. Holders of these privileges are commonly called “licensees."

ZERO TOLERANCE
The selling and serving of alcoholic beverages is a business that is subject to higher legal and social accountability than almost any other industry. As a licensee, you shoulder many responsibilities, including preventing underage sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Virginia ABC has a strict "zero tolerance" policy for underage consumption and looks to you to aggressively avoid these sales.
 
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Need Help?

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.

Bringing Personal Alcohol Into Virginia?

Moving into Virginia from out of the country or from another U.S. state? Returning to Virginia from vacation? Learn more about bringing personal alcohol into the Commonwealth.

Keg Information

If you are a consumer and wish to purchase a keg click here.

Licensee Search

Find retail and banquet licensees by license number and other criteria, online or via download.