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California TIPS Alcohol Training Online

Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training is not mandated by the state of California. However many insurance companies have made this training mandatory for their insured establishments.

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California Alcohol Laws

This information has been provided to us by the regulating agency and is believed to be correct. However, laws and regulations may change at any time, and the information provided should not be relied upon in place of official documents or legal advice. For more information or clarification, consult the regulatory body for this jurisdiction directly.

Last checked: 09/19/2012

Age to Consume 21
Age to Pour 21
Age to Sell 18 until 10:00PM. Employees on duty between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. who sell beer or wine for off premise consumption shall be at least 21 years of age to sell beer and wine.
Age to Serve 21 Effective 01/01/2009 with some exceptions
DUI/DWI Limit .08 - .04 for CDL
DUI/DWI Under Age Limit .01
Maximum Alcohol per Drink Not Regulated
Number of Drinks at One Time Not Regulated
Dram Shop Liability Laws There is no Dram Shop liability in California, except when alcohol is served, sold, or otherwise provided to an obviously intoxicated minor. In such a case the server, seller, or provider may be held liable for damages
Social Host Liability Laws No. There is no social host law that allows any person to be held legally accountable for damages, injury or death suffered by any third person resulting from the consumption of those beverages. HOWEVER, nothing can preclude a claim against a parent, guardian, or another adult who knowingly furnishes alcoholic beverages at his or her residence to a person under 21 years of age, in which case,the furnishing of the alcoholic beverage may be found to be the proximate cause of resulting injuries or death.
Server Training Required by State No - Many localities have specific requirements. Please check with your local authorites where you work.
ID Confiscation Allowed Yes- Under Section 25659, a licensee, or his or her agent or employee, may seize any identification by a person that shows to be under 21 or false, so long as a receipt is given to the person from whom it was seized and the seized identification is given over to the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the premises within 24 hours
Recommended Age for Carding 30 - Not Mandated

Acceptable Forms of ID - California

  • A valid driver's license issued by federal, state, county, or municipal government.
  • A valid passport.
  • A valid passport card.
  • An identification card issued by the Armed Forces of the United States that contains the name, date of birth, description, and picture of the person

(ID information last check and changed on 03/30/2010)