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

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

State-recommended Training Providers:

The New York State Liquor Authority does certify the Alcohol Training and Awareness Program (ATAP) which is a course focusing on the legal responsibilities of selling alcohol as well as training in practical skills to help licensees and their employees avoid sales to minors and intoxicated patrons. The link below has all the state-certified ATAP schools and further information:

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In New York:

  • 18

Bartender Restrictions:

  • According to New York State law, an employee must not have a felony conviction without providing a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities that gives them the right to employment due to felony conviction.

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:

**please note: Document was made in 2012

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


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