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

North Carolina Bartending

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

Limitations to becoming a bartender:

  • Cannot have a felony conviction in the last 3 years
    • If you had a felony conviction more than 3 years ago, your citizenship must be restored
  • A person cannot have been convicted of an alcoholic beverage or controlled substances offense within the preceding two years
  • A person cannot serve or sell alcohol if he/she has had any permit for the sale or possession of alcoholic beverages revoked within the preceding three years

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In North Carolina:

  • 18 to serve beer and wine
  • 21 to serve liquor

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

North Carolina Wet/Dry County Information:

  • Please click HERE, for a complete list of legal sales by county

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


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