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Licenses

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

The licensee community is one of Virginia ABC’s principal partners. This section provides resources and tools for obtaining a license as well as supporting retail licensees and manufacturers and wholesalers complying with the laws and regulations that govern the sale and distribution of alcohol in the Commonwealth.

Licensee Search

Use our online licensee search to find retail and banquet licensees by license number and other criteria.

Licensed establishment download instructions.

Place Orders Online

Place your orders online 24/7; view present and future discounting; and receive email notifications about your order status.

View the user's guide (PDF).

Submit MBAR

Submit your Mixed Beverage Annual Review (MBAR) online to fulfill requirements to report food-beverage ratio.

Download print form (PDF).
View more information.

Tax Resources

Access excise tax forms, make franchise and product requests and obtain permits for industrial and sacramental alcohol and importing personal alcohol.

Zero Tolerance for Underage Consumption

Whether you are a new licensee or a seasoned establishment professional, we cannot stress enough your important role in the community. 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 are responsible for maintaining a safe, regulated business and 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. Read more about avoiding underage sales.

Circular Letters

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

14-03: Infusion of Distilled Spirits (PDF)
14-02: Brewery Licenses (PDF)
14-01: Approval Gift Packages (PDF)
13-02: Retail Wine Dinners (PDF)
13-01: Wine and Beer Pricing (PDF)
11-01: Synthetic Marijuana (PDF)
07-05: In-State Delivery Permit (PDF)
07-04: In-State Delivery Permit (PDF
07-03: New Tasting Regulation (PDF)
06-02: Farm Winery Industry (PDF)

Explore Retail Resources and Industry Resources for additional information about complying with ABC laws and regulations in your business operations.

ABC Special Agents

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.

MIPS Access

Access MIPS (Management of Inventory and Product Sales) for vendors and carriers.

Download the user’s guide (PDF).

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.

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