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Massachusetts TIPS Certification Online

Massachusetts lifted COVID restrictions for bars and nightclubs on 05/29/2021 per the state website. Many establishments are short on staff. Get TIPS certified now so you are ready to work immediately.

Responsibe alcohol training is not mandated by the state of Massachusetts. However, many local cities and municipalities have made responsible beverage server training mandatory. In addition, many Massachusetts Insurance companies have made certification mandatory for the bars to purchase liquor liability insurance.

TIPS (T.I.P.S. - Training and Intervention Procedures for Servers of alcohol) Certification - If you've been told you must have your TIPS card to be hired at a liquor serving establishment, this is the training and card required.

TIPS On-Premise, Off-Premise and TIPS Gaming online courses are all accepted statewide in Massachusetts with the exception of Westborough and Framingham. Sign up below or visit the course of your choice using the "TIPS Online Courses" menu to the upper left for detailed information.

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Massachusetts 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.


Age to Consume 21
Age to Pour 18
Age to Sell 18
Age to Serve 18
DUI/DWI Limit .08
DUI/DWI Under Age 21 .02
Maximum Alcohol per Drink Not Regulated
Number of Drinks at One Time 2
Dram Shop Liability Laws No
Social Host Liability Laws No - Social host liability addressed under Common Law Decisions and C 138 s. 34.
Server Training Required by State No, but several local jurisdictions do.
ID Confiscation Allowed No. Massachusetts does not have any statute or state regulation addressing this subject.
Corkage/Merlot Laws Massachusetts law allows customers to remove one partially consumed bottle of wine from a restaurant provided the wine was purchased with a meal. The bottle must be placed in a transparent bag designed to be used only one time and the receipt for the wine must be attached to the bag.
Recommended Age For Carding None.
Underage Customers Policies It is unlawful to serve or sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Minors are permitted in an establishment provided no alcohol is consumed by the minor.

Acceptable Forms of ID - Massachusetts

Valid Massachusetts Driver's License

  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Passport or US Passport Card
  • Valid Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Liquor ID Card

Policies Regarding Underage Persons - Massachusetts

It is unlawful to serve or sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Minors are permitted in an establishment provided no alcohol is consumed by the minor.

Liquor Liability - Massachusetts

  • Non-Alcoholic Beer & Wine - Massachusetts does not have a state regulation, although local licensing authorities may have their own regulations
  • Liquor Liability - The penalties for liquor law violations can be criminal, civil and administrative. Common criminal penalties are monetary fines and jail sentences. Licensees found guilty of civil actions can be made to pay damages to the injured party bringing the suit. Administrative penalties may include suspension or revocation of the license. Typically, the penalty for serving or selling alcohol to a minor is a 6-day suspension of the license for the first offense.
  • Happy Hour Laws - Licensees may not: offer single-priced, unlimited service drink specials; give free drinks to patrons; encourage any organized game which awards alcohol as a prize or promotes excessive drinking; or serve more than two drinks to a patron at one time.