TABC Product Registration
Note: Product registration has replaced TABC label approval. Read about the changes.
When a manufacturer, winery, distiller or product owner is ready to sell their alcoholic beverage product, they need to first register it with TABC. After they receive their license or permit, businesses can submit their registration information and make payment through the Product Registration System.
When you submit for product registration, your product will fall into one of the following classes:
- Malt beverage – a beverage classified as beer, ale or Internal Revenue Code (IRC) beer.
- Wine – a product created from the fermented juice of sound ripe grapes, fruits, berries or honey.
- Distilled spirit – alcohol produced in whole or in part by distillation.
Get step-by-step guidance on how to register your product with TABC on this page. Already know what to do? Click the link below to get started.
Registering Your Product
Step 1: Determine If It Must Be Registered
First, use the information below to determine if your product must be registered.
Your product is new or doesn’t have TABC label approval:
- Registration required: You must register your product before it can enter the distribution stream.
- Registration not required: Brewer’s Permit (B), Manufacturer’s License (BA) or Brewpub License (BP) holders do not need to register products sold on their premises to consumers for on- or off-premise consumption. But the license holder must label the product with its name and alcohol content.
Your product has current TABC label approval:
- If it does have an existing TTB COLA on file with TABC, it doesn’t have to go through TABC’s product registration process until there’s a change that requires a new COLA. Visit the TTB’s webpage on changes that require a new COLA.
- If it does not have an existing TTB COLA on file with TABC, it doesn’t have to go through TABC’s product registration process until there’s a label change or until Sept. 1, 2023.
Step 2: Get Federal Approval
Apply for a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
Before you start your TABC product registration application, you’ll need the following:
- TTB COLA (Only one may be submitted for each application.)
- For IRC beer and wine with less than 7% alcohol by volume only: You’ll submit a copy of the product’s TTB formulation and one label instead of a TTB COLA. A TTB formulation is required for all IRC beer and some wine under 7% ABV. Visit the TTB's Alcohol Beverage Formula Approval page to learn more.
- $25 fee for each application
Step 3: Complete Your Application
The easiest way to apply is online, but you can also apply by email or mail.
Once you’ve prepared the documents and information above, simply apply through our online Product Registration System.
Mail Your Application (Slower Processing)
If you’d rather mail in your product registration application, you can do that too. Applications received in the mail will be processed slower than online submissions.
Visit the TABC Product Registration Forms page to download and fill out the appropriate form for your beverage type.
Mail your application and fee to:
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
5806 Mesa Drive
Austin, TX 78731
Step 4: Confirm Approval
Once you submit your TABC product registration application, you must wait to receive approval from TABC before shipping or selling the product within the state of Texas. TABC typically approves product registration applications within 30 days.
Step 5: Re-Register Product If You Make Certain Changes
Once you register your product with TABC, you’ll only have to re-register that product if you make a change that requires a new TTB COLA. You should submit your TABC product registration application as soon as you can after TTB has issued your new COLA.
Not every change requires a new COLA and TABC product registration. You can review the TTB’s list of product changes that don’t require a new COLA.