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Common Carrier

A common carrier permit authorizes non-commercial carriers to transport the following:

  • If purchased in the Commonwealth of Virginia: Unlimited quantities of wine and beer; more than three gallons or 12 liters of other alcoholic beverages
  • If purchased outside the Commonwealth of Virginia: More than one gallon of wine, beer and alcoholic beverages.




3VAC5-70-10.A—Other Provisions

Apply for This Permit

To begin, view the list of permit documents (PDF) required to complete the application. To apply online, click here. To apply via paper application (PDF), click here.

Additional Requirements

Submit on company letterhead a written request to be an approved common carrier of wine and/or beer shipped by holders of a Virginia ABC shipper's license, as well as evidence of approval as an interstate common carrier, to the attention of the Virginia ABC Tax Management Section.

Include contact person's name, complete address of the company, telephone number, fax number and email address. Also include a statement that, as a common carrier, you are aware of the requirement that common carriers are required to file a monthly report to Virginia ABC of all shipments to individual consumers in Virginia. Approved common carriers shall refuse delivery when the proposed recipient appears to be under the age of 21 years and refuses to present valid identification.


Approved common carriers shall keep complete, accurate and separate records of wine and/or beer products delivered to persons in the Commonwealth.

Approved common carriers on a monthly basis shall, on forms prescribed by Virginia ABC, report the quantities of wine and/or beer delivered into or within the Commonwealth. Such report shall also include the name and address of the purchasers to whom wine and/or beer was delivered.

Common carrier’s monthly reporting form (PDF), requires legal-sized paper (8.5 x 14 inches) for printing.

ABC-Approved Common Carriers

Meadow Lark Transport #1486
FedEx Express #1000
United Parcel Service #1001
FedEx Ground #1002
Central Hauling Co. #1126
Calark #1127

The information on this page does not in any way replace or supersede what is listed in Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia or Title 3 of the Administrative Code of Virginia. It is the responsibility of every individual or business applying for a license or permit to review, in detail, the applicable sections of the code.
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