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Do Not Sell Stickers

2017 "Do Not Sell" Stickers

Virginia ABC 2017 “Do Not Sell” stickers were mailed in November. A careful reader pointed out that we made an error; the dates were correct, but the wording was wrong. Please discard the green alcohol and the purple tobacco stickers that you recently received. We’ve reprinted the stickers and partnered with the Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association (VBWA) to distribute them. Please watch out for these stickers that are being delivered to ABC-licensed businesses along with a new “Responsibility Guide for Licensees.”  This 9”x12” booklet contains the new stickers—red for alcohol and blue for tobacco. Be sure to use these stickers!

“Do Not Sell” stickers help your business combat sales to underage persons. These easy-to-read tools assist ID-checking for alcohol and tobacco sales when the stickers are placed where both the seller and buyer can see them. Stickers in Spanish are also available; please contact us at (804) 213-4418 to request these. Thank you for working with us in support of this important initiative. If you have not received your stickers yet, please wait until January 17 before calling to inquire about them. We appreciate the support of the VBWA in distributing these important education and prevention tools.

Mixing a cocktail

We're Looking for a Few Good Bartenders

Spirited Virginia magazine seeks to showcase top-shelf Virginia mixologists in a back page feature called “Behind The Bar.” If you are a bartender at a Virginia licensee and have a keen knowledge of quality distilled spirits, we'd like to hear from you! Email us at pubrel@abc.virginia.gov (subject line: Spirited Virginia).

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Bureau Hires Additional Agents

ABC special agents are a licensee’s best resource when it comes to interpreting Virginia’s alcohol rules, regulations and laws. To help serve the growing licensee community, Virginia ABC recently extended offers to seventeen men and women who will join our Bureau of Law Enforcement in the coming months. Know who your agent is? Read more about contacting your agent.

ID Checking Guide

If you’re looking for the latest resource for verifying IDs from across the nation, consider using the same guide used by more than 365 Virginia ABC stores—the 2017 ID Checking Guide.


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."


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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Contact Your Agent

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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.
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Licensee Search

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MIPS Access

Access MIPS (Management of Inventory and Product Sales) for vendors and carriers. Download the user’s guide (PDF).