Washington DC TIPS Certification - District of Columbia
Responsibe alcohol training is mandated by the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia's liquor code requires all managers of a licensed establishment to be certified in an alcohol training and education program that is conducted by a Board-approved provider.
All liquor license holders and their managers must complete an approved alcohol training and education program and submit proof of completion of the course with the Manager's License application to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).
TIPS (T.I.P.S. - Training and Intervention Procedures for Servers of alcohol) Certification - TIPS Online alcohol certification was recently approved by the ABRA for use in Washington DC for the Manager's License. Read the recent Reuters press release here..
Please Be Sure to Click on the Correct Course For Your Establishment!
The eTIPS course is customized for both On-Premise and Off-Premise establishments. The training addresses concerns specific to convenience, grocery, and liquor stores as well as restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and other on-premise liquor license holders.
In addition, the course is tailored to deliver information on regulations unique to the District of Columbia. eTIPS participants are able to assess the needs of their clients from both the legal and alcohol-related
standpoint after viewing thought-provoking video clips. The final section of the course challenges participants by forcing them to apply intervention strategies learned from previous exercises.
Visti the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Website by clicking on the graphic below:
District of Columbia (Washington DC) Alcohol Laws
This information has been provided to us by the regulating agency and is believed to be correct. However, laws and regulations may change at any time, and the information provided should not be relied upon in place of official documents. For more information or clarification, consult the regulatory body for this jurisdiction directly.
Last update: 10/29/2009
|Age to Consume||21|
|Age to Pour||21|
|Age to Sell||18|
|Age to Serve||18|
|Notes on Selling and/or Serving||The "Juvenile Curfew Act" prohibits persons under the age of 17 from being on the premises of an alcoholic beverage establishment between 11:00pm and 6:00am Monday through Thursday, and 12:00midnight and 6:30am Friday through Sunday.|
|DUI/DWI Limit||08. However, the laws of the District of Columbia allow the police to arrest anyone with a BAC of .01 or higher, regardless of age. Legislation is pending that would raise this limit to .05. Last verified 02/20/2008.|
|DUI/DWI Under Age 21||.There is no set BAC limit for persons under the age of 21. However, the laws of the District of Columbia allow the police to arrest anyone with a BAC of .01 or higher, regardless of age, if there is evidence of impairment.|
|Maximum Alcohol per Drink||Not Regulated|
|Number of Drinks at One Time||One. Per DC regulations, back-up drinks include second drinks served as part of a “two-for-one” promotion, second drinks served just prior to last call and second drinks provided complimentary by the licensee or purchased by other patrons. Except as provided above, back-up drinks do not include two different drinks served together such as a beer and a shot or any other industry drink that can be considered a shot and a mixer. The prohibition against back-up drinks also does not apply to the service of wine with a meal where the patron has not finished a previously served cocktail.|
|Dram Shop Liability Laws||The District of Columbia is not a Dram Shop jurisdiction.|
|Social Host Liability Laws||No.|
|Server Training Required by State||Yes. The District of Columbia has a mandatory training program for managers of on-premise establishments. eTIPS is an approved provider for this training.|
|ID Confiscation Allowed||Yes.|
|Corkage/Merlot Laws||A recently enacted ordinance allows restaurant licensees to permit patrons to remove one partially consumed bottle of wine for consumption off the premise, provided that (1) the bottle must be securely resealed by an employee of the restaurant; (2) the bottle is placed in a bag or container that is tamper-proof, and (3) a dated receipt for the bottle of wine is attached to the container. This ordinance applies only to Class R licensees (restaurants).|
|Recommended Age For Carding||35 - Not mandatory.|
|Underage Customers Policies||It is unlawful to serve or sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Minors are permitted in any establishment provided no alcohol is consumed. The "Juvenile Curfew Act" prohibits persons under the age of 17 from being on the premises of an alcoholic beverage establishment between 11:00pm and 6:00am Monday through Thursday, and 12:00midnight and 6:30am Friday through Sunday.|
Acceptable Forms of ID - District of Columbia (DC)
A recently enacted ordinance defines a "valid identification document" as an official identification issued by an agency of government (local, state, federal, or foreign) containing, at a minimum, the name, date of birth, signature, and photograph of the bearer. The ordinance allows establishments to accept “singular” foreign licenses. College ID's should NOT be accepted.