Selling to Minors




No one under 21 years of age

  • may purchase or be given alcoholic beverages by you or your employees.
  • may consume alcoholic beverages on your premises unless they are in the visible presence of their adult parent(s), legal age spouse, or court appointed guardian.

The only defense in the code against a charge of selling an alcoholic beverage to a minor, making an alcoholic beverage available to a minor, or allowing a minor to illegally possess or consume an alcoholic beverage states

  • a person who sells a minor an alcoholic beverage does not commit an offense if the minor falsely represents himself to be 21 years old or older by displaying an apparently valid proof of identification that contains a physical description and photograph consistent with the minor's appearance, purports to establish that the minor is 21 years of age or older, and was issued by a governmental agency.

The proof of identification may include a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety, a passport, or military identification card.





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