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  • Hoax Alert!
    Hoax alert!! There is a rumor going around on social media that says the legal drinking age being raised to 25 in August.

    Don't believe it! http://ow.ly/yeU2x
  • Changes to Oregon's Winery Laws - Effective January 1, 2014
    The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2633 during the 2011 session, changing ORS 471.223, Oregon’s Wine License Statute. These changes clarified the requirements, privileges, and tax obligations of licensed Oregon wineries.

    Beginning January 1, 2014, these changes will become effective.

  • What You Need to Know About Growlers
    Recent law changes allow growlers to be filled with wine, beer and cider at retail stores, restaurants, bars, brewpubs, or wineries that have the appropriate OLCC license. There is no limit on the number of growlers that a business may sell to a patron; the limit is on the size of the container (two gallons or less).

    Growlers can only be filled by an individual with a valid Alcohol Service Permit.




    More about Growlers
  • Training video gives tips and tricks for identifying a Fake ID

    OLCC has produced a training video for people in the alcohol industry to help them avoid selling alcohol to minors. The video, Fake ID Training - Take 10, features tips on how to identify a fake or altered ID - ranging from one made at home to the newer, more sophisticated ID's manufactured overseas.

    “One of the best tips in the video is asking the ID checker to take more time to look at the ID,” says Merle Lindsey, OLCC Interim Executive Director. “Ten seconds may seem like a short amount of time, but it can make a big difference in whether an employee makes a sale to a minor or not.”

    In 2012, OLCC issued more than 400 tickets relating to fake ID; 343 violations were for misrepresentation of age by a minor.

    The OLCC also offers free in-person ID checking classes. To schedule a class, contact the nearest OLCC office.

    Watch the Fake ID Training Video on YouTube

     
  • About Auctions and Raffles
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    Auctioning and raffling alcohol are considered both a sale of alcohol and offering alcohol as a prize.

    A nonprofit or charitable organization registered with the State of Oregon may obtain written approval from the OLCC to conduct an auction or raffle without a license to sell factory-sealed containers of wine, malt beverages, cider, and distilled spirits for consumption off the event premises.
  • Changes to your OLCC License Certificate
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    Every cent matters! In an effort to reduce postage and material costs, new or renewed license certificates will be mailed in a standard business-size envelope, rather than 9x12 mailers. The envelopes are stamped "License Certificate Enclosed". The OLCC expects to save approximately $10,000 per year from this change. While this may not seem like much, it is an example of the many ways the OLCC is saving costs and streamlining operations to preserve Oregon resources. Please contact us if you have questions.

  • The Truth about Food Carts
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    Recent media attention has raised questions by many about a booth operated by the Oregon Bartenders' Guild that is selling hard liquor.

    Hopefully we can clear up some of the confusion as to how allowing this booth to temporarily sell alcohol is different than issuing an annual license to a food cart.
  • Selling distilled spirits by the bottle
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    In Oregon, distilled spirits (hard liquor) by the bottle are sold only in retail liquor stores. The State owns the distilled spirits in each store.

    Independent contractors (liquor store operators) are responsible for the stores' daily operations. Liquor store operators and their employees are part of a small business operation and are not state employees. Store operators are appointed by the OLCC. The process for becoming a store operator is open and competitive to those who meet the qualifications.
  • Is it time to renew your liquor license?
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    Renewal dates for liquor licenses are determined by the location of the business. Oregon is divided into four renewal districts, with all licenses within a district expiring on the same date.

    License renewal applications are mailed approximately two months before the licenses expire. The license applicant must return the completed application to the OLCC at least 20 days before the license expires to avoid late fees. Applicants cannot legally sell or serve alcohol after the license expires.
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Liquor License or Service Permit?
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A LIQUOR LICENSE is needed if you or your business sells, manufactures, imports, or distributes alcohol in Oregon.

An ALCOHOL SERVICE PERMIT is primarily for those who mix, serve, or sell alcohol, such as waitstaff, bartenders, or managers.
The Process of Getting a Liquor License
The process of getting a liquor license
OLCC Offices
OLCC Offices
Contact the local OLCC office where your licensed business will be located.
Resources
Forms, Publications and Signs
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Apply for a Liquor License
Apply for a Liquor License
If you know which type of liquor license you want to apply for, click here for applications, forms and instructions.
Special Event Licensing
Special Event Licensing
Special Event licenses allow licensed businesses, individuals, or groups, to sell and serve alcohol at a special event. Get help on licensing your event, or using your annual liquor license for special events.
Make Changes to Your Licensed Business
Make Changes to Your Licensed Business
Do you want to make changes to the environment of your licensed business (change hours of operation, minor posting, entertainment, expanding the licensed area)?
For Businesses Outside of Oregon
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Certain permits may be required for out-of-state producers and sellers of wine, cider, malt beverages, or distilled spirits.