TABC Product Registration
When you’re ready to sell your alcoholic beverage product, you need to first register it with TABC. After receiving your license or permit through the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS), your business can submit your registration information and make payment through AIMS too.
When you submit for product registration, your product will fall into one of the following classes:
- Malt beverage – a fermented beverage brewed or produced from malt, in whole or in part, or from any malt substitute.
- 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.
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 product registration:
- Registration required: You must register your product before it can enter the distribution stream.
- Registration not required: Brewer’s License (BW) and 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 product registration:
- 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 in AIMS, 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 through AIMS. Once you’ve prepared the documents and information above, simply log in to your AIMS account to get started.
If you need help getting started with AIMS, visit our How to Use AIMS page.
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 Texas. TABC typically approves product registration applications within 30 days.
If you’ve applied through AIMS, you’ll get an email notification about your product registration.
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.
Sept. 1, 2023 Deadline for Malt Beverage Manufacturers
State law started requiring manufacturers to place alcohol by volume (ABV) on all new malt beverage labels on Sept. 1, 2021. If your malt beverage product was registered before that date, your business has until Sept. 1, 2023, to update the product registration with the ABV.
If you make a change to the label that requires a new federal Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) before Sept. 1, 2023, the label must be updated to include the ABV at that time.