In North Dakota there are no state regulations in place that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol.
With that being said, there are several counties that have implemented requirements for bartender training and licensing. They are the following:
- Grand Forks
- Watford City
- West Fargo
Other North Dakota cities/counties continue to require and remove requirements of bartending licensing consistently, so it is best to contact your local city clerk’s office.
It is also important to keep in mind some employers will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state or city laws. To receive an all-encompassing seller/service license, we suggest this quick and cheap course from Serving Alcohol.
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In North Dakota
According to state law, in North Dakota, the you must be 21 years old to serve alcohol.
There is a state exception for 18-20 year olds to “serve and collect money for alcoholic beverages” as long as a manager or supervisor is on duty who is of legal drinking age. This is important because for 18-20 year olds in North Dakota, you may serve alcohol, but you are not legally allowed to mix or dispense alcohol.
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
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.