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.
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.
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Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In New Jersey:
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.
- 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
- 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.