Louisiana Bartending

According to Louisiana law, any bartender or server MUST attend a Responsible Vendor (RV) Class to obtain an RV Server Permit within 45 days of being hired.

RV Classes are held regularly throughout the state and are provided for a fee of $25 per person.

The classes average 2 ½ – 3 hours and include a test, which must be passed in order to receive your Responsible Vendor Server Card.

Depending on where you would like to serve, some local governments require that you register with them to take the class. If so, it is suggested that you contact your local Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to see if they do.

  • To find a RV class located near you Click Here
  • To see a list of Responsible Vendor online providers Click Here
  • To see a list of companies that provide RV training Click Here

After completing a RV course in person, you will receive a temporary permit. If you choose to take the course online, you should print your Certificate of Completion which will be your temporary permit. After 7-10 days return to the website and print/ download your official RV permit.

  • Your RV permit will be good for four years, at which point you will need to renew it.
  • ATC no longer mails a permit to your residence

Minimum Age Required to Bartend in the State of Louisiana:

  • 18

State of Louisiana Bartender Qualifications:

  • The Louisiana law restricts convicted felons from working in a bar in any capacity unless it has been 10 years since the completion of his/her sentence and his/her was not a crime of violence.

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

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


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