In Alabama there are NO state regulations in place that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol. Thus, the state does not offer or require any type of bartender permit or certification.
With that being said, many employers in Alabama may require those under the age of 21 to receive a bartending certification in order to fulfill Alabama’s Responsible Vendor Program, allowing them to hire 19 and 20 year olds to serve alcohol.
The approved list of private Responsible Vendor Program course providers can be found on the Alabama ABC Board website here.
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Alabama:
- 19-20 as long as the employer has been certified in the Responsible Vendor Program
Minimum Age To Bartend Alcoholic Beverages In Alabama:
Other Bartending Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Driver’s License or Passport
- Good Communication Skills
- Be able to stand long periods of time
- Proper non-slip shoes
- Knowledge of basic drink recipes
- Wet/Dry Map for cities and counties
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.