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.
- click here to learn more about on-premise courses
- click here to learn more about off-premise courses
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
- 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.