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Retail Resources

Skill Games

In accordance with Executive Directive Eleven (11) issued on May 18, 2020, each operator or distributor shall register all skill games with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.

View our Skill Games page for more information.

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Contacting a Special Agent

Virginia ABC special agents are your primary resource for all questions related to operating a licensed establishment. Read more.
Employee in licensed establishment

Mixed Beverage Overview

In addition to the basic rules that apply to all Virginia ABC retail licenses, additional instructions apply to mixed beverage establishments. Read more.
happy hour sign

Happy Hour Advertising

“Happy hour” is defined as a specified period of time during which alcoholic beverages are sold at prices reduced from the customary price established by a retail licensee. Read more.
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Detecting Fake IDs

There is no legal requirement that a customer show identification, but the best way to verify the customer's age is to request picture identification. Read more.
Publication for ABC Licensees 

Licensee Guide

As a licensee, you are responsible for maintaining a safe, regulated business and shoulder many responsibilities which include preventing underage sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages. This publication was designed to support you in understanding the facts of alcohol education and prevention and Virginia ABC’s laws and regulations. Download the PDF or order printed copies using the Publication Order Form.

ID checking guide

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 all Virginia ABC stores—the ID Checking Guide.


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.
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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.

Place Orders Online

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

Licensee Search

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