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

New Jersey Bartending

However, certain municipalities in New Jersey require bartenders to obtain “Bar Cards.”

For example, a person looking to work on a liquor licensed premises in Hoboken would have to contact the local Police Department to apply for the “Bar Card,” before they can begin employment.

  • ***Thus, it is important to contact your local city clerk’s office or local police department to find out if a “Bar Card” is required in your county/ city

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In New Jersey:

  • 18

Bartender Qualifications/ Restrictions:

  • In order to serve or dispense alcoholic beverages in the state of New Jersey, a person cannot have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
    • In such case, a person MUST contact the Division to apply for a Rehabilitation Permit. If granted, the permit would allow an individual to work on a licensed premises, sometimes in a limited capacity or with restrictions, depending on the circumstances.

Educational Resources:

  • Visit HERE to view New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s public announcements & educational material

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

Additional Resources:

  • Wet/Dry: HERE is a helpful link we found covering the wet/dry communities in the state of New Jersey

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


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