In Iowa there aren’t any state regulations in place that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol.
It is important to keep in mind some employers will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state or city laws.
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Iowa:
- 18 to sell and dispense liquor, wine, or beer for on-premises consumption (restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.)
Bartending Training Providers for State of Iowa:
Although the state of Iowa does not have any bartending license requirements, it still may be in your best interest to receive proper bartending training. Online courses will always provide certificates proving that you have a basic understanding of bartending. They’re great for the resume and will ultimately help you get employed.
- Iowa’s Fan Favorite Course Provider (Online): Our suggestion for online training is this course from ServingAlcohol.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Driver’s License or Passport
- Good Communication Skills
- Be able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic drink recipes
Downloadable Educational Material:
- Alcohol Awareness poster
- Drinking in Moderation poster
- Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws and You booklet
- Program for Alcohol Compliance Training (I-PACT) flier
**Please Note: In the state of Iowa, local authorities may adopt ordinance governing licensed establishments that are located within their jurisdiction.
For example, age requirements may differ from county to county. If there is a local ordinance governing minors in licensed establishments, the ordinance applies.
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.