In the state of Florida, getting a bartenders license can be a very confusing process.
Thats where we come in…
We plan to get you behind the bar as soon as possible. Don’t bother looking through various outdated government/ state websites. Here, you’ll find all of the important information needed to jumpstart your career of bartending.
According to Florida law, the state does NOT require those who sell/ serve alcohol to have a permit or license. Unlike some states, Florida does NOT require mandatory alcohol server training for employees either.
It is important, however, to keep in mind some employers, counties or cities will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state law.
**Please Note** – In Florida, local jurisdictions often have their own regulations in addition to state statutes. Each local jurisdiction has the authority to decide what, if any training is required to serve alcohol.
Regardless if it’s training is required or not, if you want to have a leg-up on the competition… here are our suggested courses (in-person and online) for the state of Florida…
Online Course: Want to get certified online? We suggest this online bartending license course from Serving Alcohol. (ONLINE ONLY)
To obtain complete and accurate answers regarding local alcohol regulations, your best bet is to contact your local Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) District Office.
- Follow this link to access contact information and locations for every ABT Office
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Florida:
Bartender Qualifications and Restrictions:
- Florida statute 562.13 restricts the following persons from employment as a bartender or manager in an establishment that serves alcohol:
- Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or convicted for breaking any alcohol law set forth by the state, any other state, or the federal government within the past five(5) years.
- Individuals who have been convicted by the state, any other state, or the federal government for soliciting for prostitution, pandering, or letting premises for prostitution.
- Individuals who have had any felony violation of chapter 893 of the controlled substance act within the past five (5) years.
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 office.