The law requires alcohol servers to pass a class in responsible alcohol service every 5 years. If you are a licensee or server who has to renew your service permit or server education requirement, you now have two options. You can repeat the initial class or you can take a shorter renewal course if you qualify.
Does that mean my service permit is good for 7 years? NO!
Who qualifies to take a renewal class? There's only one qualification: if you passed a server education class within the past 7 (seven) years, you can take a renewal class. It doesn't matter whether your permit has expired or whether you've been out of the industry for a few years. If you passed your initial class within 7 years, you qualify. If it's been 7 years + 1 day, you don't qualify – no exceptions!
Not sure if you qualify? Call the OLCC and we'll look up your record.
Call 503-872-5114 in the Portland metro area
or 1-800-452-6522 ext. 5114.
Your service permit must be renewed every 5 years, and if you're a licensee, your server education requirement must be renewed every 5 years. The 7 year period applies only to whether you're qualified to take a renewal class.
Check the expiration date on your service permit. Service permits expire five years from the date the Alcohol Server Education class was taken. Remember: you must not mix, serve, or sell alcohol, or manage people who do, without a valid service permit. What about the test?
There's some risk in choosing the shorter renewal class. The passing exam score for the initial class is 70%. If you fail the initial class exam, you may retake the exam up to two times before you have to retake the class. The passing score for a renewal class is higher – 80%. If you fail the renewal exam, you may NOT retake the exam. Instead, you must retake the initial class. Who's certified to teach renewal classes?
Currently, four providers have requested and received approval to teach renewal classes. Contact Oregon Counseling & Educational Services, the Oregon Restaurant Education Foundation, Action Server Education and ABC Online Education for more information about fees, dates, and locations. Click here
for the current list of providers. What about availability?
Click on the link at the top of the page titled: ASE Calendar of Classes and Provider List to look for renewal classes (they're highlighted with an "R") or contact the provider directly. Server education extensions cannot be granted because of the lack of renewal courses in your area. If renewal classes are not offered in your area, you must take the initial class. How short is shorter?
Like the initial class, there's no minimum required instruction time for the renewal class. We expect renewal classes to take between 2 and 3 hours, but that may vary from class to class. Contact the provider for more information about class length. The law still requires that the renewal class cover specified subjects, be interactive, and involve student participation.