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Colorado TIPS Certification Online

Colorado has a voluntary Responsible Vendor Program and a mandatory training law for tastings in liquor stores. eTIPS On-Premise is not yet RVP approved. TIPS training is required by thousands of Colorado alcohol serving establishments. When you register for TIPS on our registration page and key in your state as Colorado, you will see a red message that says "You can take the course, but eTIPS does not currently comply with the state Responsible Vendor Program".

If your employer instructed you to take the TIPS course, you should proceed with registration and take the course. If your employer instructed you to take the "Colorado Responsible Vendor Program course", you should take the appropriate course in a classroom setting.

Sign up below or visit the course of your choice using the "TIPS Online Courses" menu to the upper left for detailed information.

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Please Be Sure to Click on the Correct Course For Your Establishment!

Many Colorado cities have a tourist based economy with people from all over the world visiting bars and restaurants with a vacation attitude and different appearing ID's. The TIPS alcohol course gives special priority to people skills, in that it focuses on how service professionals can notice when different types of people are intoxicated, awareness in confronting customers when they've had one drink too many and how to notice a fake ID.

TIPS now offers online training, providing the full benefits of the program, but at a much lower cost and in the comfort of your own home.

With so much at stake, TIPS has made it less complicated for prospective alcohol servers to get certified. By providing an online platform, certification only take 2 to 3 hours at a much lower cost and in an environment where you can go at your own pace. Take the course at home or anywhere with a wifi connection.

Colorado 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. For more information or clarification, consult the regulatory body for this jurisdiction directly.

Last update: 05/20/2015

Age to Consume 21
Age to Pour 18, if supervised by someone who is 21.
Age to Sell 18 to sell or participate in a sale in grocery stores or convenience stores. 21 to sell in a liquor store.
Age to Serve 18, if supervised by someone who is 21.
Serving Note Tavern employees must be 21 unless the tavern regularly serves full meals.
DUI/DWI Limit .08; Driving while impaired, .05. Boating, .08
DUI/DWI Under Age Limit .02
Maximum Alcohol per Drink Not Regulated
Number of Drinks at One Time There is no limit on the number of drinks a person may be served. Only a visibly intoxicated person may not be served.
Dram Shop Liability Laws Yes
Social Host Liability Laws Yes
Server Training Required by State Voluntary except in liquor stores where tastings occur.
Notes on Server/Seller Training Regulations

Colorado has a voluntary Responsible Vendor Program, and a mandatory training law for tastings in liquor stores.

This program offers mitigating benefits to any licensee found to have served a minor during an established sting operation by the state and/or local licensing authority. Retail liquor stores and liquor licensed drug stores authorized to conduct tastings must complete a seller/server training program approved by the Liquor Enforcement Division.

All RVP sessions must be at least 4 hours in length. While the state program is voluntary, some local jurisdictions in Colorado have mandatory training ordinances. Any person conducting a tasting in liquor stores in Colorado must complete a server training program that is approved by the state. TIPS is approved.

ID Confiscation Allowed Yes. Establishments in Colorado may confiscate false IDs. Contact the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division or local government for the relevant statutes and information
Recommended Age for Carding None

Acceptable Forms of ID - Colorado

  • Any State, Canadian, Mexican, US Territory or Foreign Driver's License
  • Military ID
  • Passport or US Passport Card
  • State-Issued ID Card
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Valid Employment Card w/ Photo and DOB issued by the Department of Homeland Security
  • It is not required for someone to have an identification card on their person in order to be served alcohol.