Alcohol Responsibility act Permits
TENNESSEE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION IMPORTANT RULES AND REGULATIONS
TENNESSEE ALCOHOL RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1995 AND THE SERVER PERMIT PROCESS
The primary legislative purpose of the Alcohol Server and Responsibility Act of 1995 is to prevent intoxication-related deaths, injuries, and other damages through responsible serving practices and awareness.
TABC Rules & Regulations – CLASSES
- Classes must be a minimum of 3.5 hours instructional classroom time. Instructional time does not include breaks or exam.
- Students must complete the exam with a score of at least 80%
- Instructors are required to pay to the TABC, per student, a $15.00 certification fee for the TABC to process the
class. This is included in your class fee.
- Anyone not passing is allowed to retake the course (exam) at no charge within 30 days from the same instructor.
TABC Rules & Regulations – PERMITS
A server is not eligible for a permit if they:
- Have been convicted of a felony in the previous 4 years.**
- In the previous (8) years, been convicted of:
- Any crime relating to the sale, distribution, or dispensing of alcoholic beverages, schedule 1 or 2 controlled substances, or controlled substance analogues, embezzlement, or any sex related crime.**
- Had ownership or interest in an establishment in which the license was revoked.
- Had a felony offense involving theft, dishonesty, deceit, or intoxication
- Are on judicial diversion for any of the above. If a permit is lost the TABC will no longer issue a replacement
copy or new permit to anyone on judicial diversion until such diversion is completed and court disposition
papers can be provided with the application.
- Have had any permit issued in other jurisdictions revoked in the previous (5) years.• Are not at least 18 years old.
- Do not have a valid social security number or work permit number belonging to themselves.
** During the time your permit is valid, if you are convicted of one of these offenses your 5-Year TABC Server Permit is subject to revocation!
Steps to apply for a TABC 5-Year Server Permit
Students MUST HAVE their RLPS# to take a class. Completing the application process does not necessarily mean
additional information will not be requested. Also, the TABC will conduct random background checks on
of the date on your class certificate. If it is not completed within 30 days you be required to start and pay for the entire process with the TABC again.
61-Day Grace Period
law, a 61-day grace period to obtain their TABC 5-Year Server Permit. Company policy can dictate differently. This
grace period is from DATE OF HIRE. If someone has been promoted to server from another position they normally
won’t have a grace period.
1. A copy of all employee TABC 5-Year Server permit
2. A list of all current employees serving alcohol that documents hire or position transfer dates. The TABC may also
ask for W-4 or employment applications for proof an employee is legitimately allowed a 61-day grace period. If an
employee transfers from another position or state the agent will require proof of that transfer date. If the licensee
does not have acceptable documentation of the date of hire or department/state transfer for the employee, then it
will be deemed that the employee has worked in a serving position at the licensed premises greater than sixty-one
serve alcohol in Tennessee. Certificates of successful completion of a class will not suffice.