In Michigan, there aren’t any state regulations in place that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol.

It is still important to keep in mind some employers will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state or city laws.

**The state does require certain licensees (business owners) to have supervisory personnel on each shift and during all hours in which alcoholic liquor is served who have successfully completed a server-training program.

It is common for supervisory personnel to receive better pay. If you would like to complete the mandatory server training requirement, Michigan has approved the following programs:*

* Some of the above noted programs are offered in other states. You must complete a program that covers Michigan requirements.

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Michigan:

  • 18

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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