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Temporary License Process

To launch new technology and support changes made by the 86th Texas Legislature, TABC temporarily changed the processes to apply for:

  • Original licenses
  • Renewals
  • Subordinate authorities
  • Supplemental changes
  • Temporary events

This page outlines the timelines and processes for your business from now through the implementation of permanent changes on Sept. 1, 2021.

Applying for Licenses and Authorizations

Applications for Original Licenses, Subordinate Authorities, Supplemental Changes or Temporary Events

  • July 31, 2021 and before: TABC accepted completed applications using the current submission process (or COVID-19 email process), based on the license types and fees in effect at the time. Under this process, applications were only considered complete if you did both of the following:
    1. Answered all questions, got all necessary certifications, made all required publications, etc.
    2. Submitted your payment for application fees and surcharges by July 31, after receiving a “remit payment” notice by email from TABC. (Businesses must have submitted completed applications with enough time for TABC to send a “remit payment” notice, and for the business to respond by mailing the requested payment to TABC by July 31.)
  • Aug. 1 to 31: TABC is not accepting any applications for original primary licenses, subordinate authorities like Food and Beverage Certificates, or supplemental changes (e.g., location, ownership, business entity officers, etc.). But we’ll still accept and process requests for approval to conduct temporary and catering events during August.
  • Sept. 1 and after: Apply using TABC’s new AIMS program and the new license types and fees set by TABC rules.

Temporary Events Authorizations: Businesses may use the new PDF forms that were posted to the TABC website Aug. 1. Then, once you onboard into AIMS based at your scheduled time, we encourage you to start using AIMS to submit authorization requests for temporary events. See the onboarding schedule.

Applications To Renew Licenses

  • Licenses with expiration date of Aug. 31 or sooner: Renew using TABC’s current online process and the license types and fees in effect before Sept. 1. These businesses should renew before Sept. 1.
    • Example: If you hold a Mixed Beverage Permit (MB) that expires Aug. 31 — even if you wait until Sept. 30 to file a late renewal — you’ll renew using TABC’s current online process as well as the pre-Sept. 1 license types and fees.
  • Licenses with expiration date of Sept. 1 or after: Renew using TABC’s new AIMS program and the new license types and fees set by TABC rules (not yet adopted). You may not file renewals for these licenses before Sept. 1.
    • Licenses expiring in September can’t renew until September.
      • TABC will use prosecutorial discretion to allow these businesses to continue operating during September as long as they onboard into AIMS and complete the renewal process in September.
      • Update: TABC adopted special processes for licenses that expire in September 2021 to help accommodate the transition to AIMS. All licenses that expire in September 2021 are considered active and pending renewal by the agency, even if the status field indicates otherwise. This means that businesses with September 2021 expiration dates may continue to operate as normal and still accept wholesale/distribution or Local Distributor (LP) transactions, despite having an expired license date or status in Public Inquiry.  
    • Licenses expiring in October and after may be renewed no earlier than 30 days before they expire.
    • Late fees: TABC will not charge a late fee for renewal applications filed within the 30-day renewal grace period for licenses that expire in September or October.