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
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.