Illinois Bartending

Obtaining a bartending license in the state of Illinois can sometimes be a confusing process. Each local jurisdiction has the authority to decide what, if any training is required to serve alcohol.

Illinois BASSET Certification:

Local jurisdictions in Illinois that DO require a license in order to serve alcohol will require licensing based on the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET).

  • click here to find out if your local jurisdiction requires a bartending license.

Our Recommendation:

If your jurisdiction allows for online testing, then we recommend the tests provided by either ServingAlchohol or Learn2Serve. Their courses provide you with the necessary knowledge and techniques needed to be a responsible seller/server of alcohol at the lowest price available.

  • Click here to learn more about on-premise courses
  • Click here to learn more about off-premise courses
  • Click here to learn more about Learn2Serve’s online BASSET Certification + Food Handler Training Certificate Program (Best Deal)

On-Premise VS. Off-Premise

It’s often asked what is the difference. Simply put, On-Premise refers to those who serve alcohol in an establishment such as a bartender or waiter.  Off-Premise refers to those who sell alcohol but not serve it such as a liquor store or gas station.

If your local jurisdiction does require BASSET training in order to serve alcohol, you will be required to go to a training course at a certified location (online if applicable). Click here to find the BASSET training nearest you.

The BASSET program is a 4-hour course that consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Spotting signs of intoxication and utilizing intervention techniques
  • Preventing DUI’s and alcohol related fatalities
  • Stopping underage sales and underage drinking
  • Understanding state laws and your local ordinances

Additional Resources:

  • Sheet 1 – Required selling/serving ages and list of wet/dry counties.
  • Sheet 2 – Liquor sale hours per county
  • ILCC Overview

Other Requirements That May Be Helpful

  • Driver’s License
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Be able to stand long periods of time
  • Knowledge of basic drink recipes

Minimum Age Required To Serve/ Sell Alcohol In The State Of Illinois:

  • 18* (unless regulated by local ordinances)

For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.

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