ABC special agent reviewing paperwork with restaurant owner

Compliance Is Important

Licensees share the responsibility in upholding Virginia’s alcohol laws and our special agents are here to answer any compliance questions you may have. Contact your special agent

Restaurant Ordering

Restaurant Ordering

Have you created your business’s account yet? More than 1,600 restaurant customers have created accounts with Virginia ABC’s MIPS (Management of Inventory and Products Sales) and now benefit from the convenience of placing their orders for distilled spirits on line. The process takes just minutes, but will save your beverage manager hours.

Top Ten Compliance Tips

Straight from an ABC special agent, here’s a list of ten things you can do to keep your business in compliance with ABC laws, rules and regulations:

  1. Keep records for all sales and purchase records for wine, beer, distilled spirits and food readily available for inspection.
  2. Post the names of your ABC managers in a conspicuous place.
  3. Keep your ABC license current and posted in plain view.
  4. Make sure your staff is eligible to sell or serve alcohol in Virginia.
  5.  Make sure your premises are sufficiently lit and safe for your customers.
  6. Report habitual loiterers and trespasses to local police.
  7. Keep the exterior of your business free from litter and debris, and remain conscious of potential illegal activity that could occur in your parking lot. Questionable activity should be reported to local police.
  8. Keep windows of off-premise businesses unobstructed for the safety and well-being of customers and staff.
  9. Seek available training concerning methods for detecting fake IDs.
  10. When in doubt, don’t sell!

Licensee Search

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

Licensed establishment download instructions.

Restaurant Ordering

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.

Focus Group

Focus Group Participants Sought

Virginia ABC plans to redesign our Do Not Sell Stickers, and we’re seeking licensee input. If your Metropolitan Richmond area business uses these popular stickers (or if you’re willing to travel to RVA), we’d like an hour of your time to hear your feedback. Send us an email to pubrel@abc.virginia.gov (subject line: FOCUS GROUP), and we’ll respond with the specifics. We appreciate your interest and will be sure to thank you properly after hearing your thoughts.
Do Not Sell Stickers 2016

Preventing Underage Sales

Does your business have a license to sell alcohol and/or tobacco in Virginia? Then you should have Virginia ABC’s Do Not Sell stickers posted in your establishment. Each year, Virginia ABC provides the commonwealth’s 18,000 licensees with decals to assist in combating underage sales. Do Not Sell stickers are effective on January 1 and expire on December 31. Stickers include the year in which someone attains the age required to purchase both alcohol and tobacco products and are available in English and Spanish. For additional stickers, please contact the Virginia ABC Communications office or call (804) 213-4418. View other licensee publications.

Distillers Asked, We Heard

The commonwealth is home to more than a dozen distillery stores. Located on the premises of the distillery, the distillery store is actually a boutique shop in that it sells only distilled spirits produced at that location. A recent Virginia ABC policy change outlined in Circular Letter 16-01 (PDF) expands these privileges to include the sale and consumption of any alcoholic beverage by guests during private events hosted at these distilleries. This action couldn’t be more timely. Distilleries, with their distinctive tasting rooms, have become popular venues for celebrations—such as weddings, retirement parties or other special events. If you have questions please contact your local ABC agent.
College Tour

Join The Conversation

Register now to attend a Responsible Sellers & Servers: Virginia’s Program (RSVP) class during Virginia ABC’s College Tour events. Taught by ABC special agents, RSVP helps sellers and servers in licensed establishments better understand Virginia’s alcohol laws, rules and regulations. One-day events are scheduled for April 16 in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia and April 30 in Ashland at Randolph Macon College. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk about alcohol prevention efforts with college students and staff, community coalitions and local law enforcement during a networking luncheon.
ID Checking Guide 2016

2016 ID Checking Guide

Checking driver’s licenses from the Commonwealth of Virginia may be easy enough, but when it comes to out-of-state licenses, the odds are against your catching frauds. If you’re looking for the latest resource for verifying IDs, consider using the same guide used by sales associates in Virginia ABC’s 350+ stores—the 2016 ID Checking Guide. This resource helps you make accurate, on-the-spot verification of driver’s licenses and ID cards. The ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition, shows every valid driver’s license format in actual size and full color. Order yours for $23.95 plus shipping. View other licensee publications.

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.


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."

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).


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Licensee Training

Virginia ABC offers training to help sellers and servers become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. Register online for training led by a team of ABC special agents.

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. View circular letters.


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.