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

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

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Maryland:

In the state, minimum serving ages depend on (1) the type of alcoholic beverage being served and (2) local jurisdiction

  • Beer – 18 for both servers and bartenders
  • Wine – 18 for both servers and bartenders
  • Spirits (liquor) – 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders

** Please note: Maryland statutes allow local governments to dictate their own laws concerning the age to sell or serve alcoholic beverages. Some local jurisdictions may have more or less restrictions.

  • For example) The county of Montgomery allows bartenders to serve/sell by the age of 18.. While the cities like Annapolis and D.C., have set their own laws, requiring their bartenders be at least 21 years old.

Please double-check with you local City Clerk’s office.

Maryland Alcohol Training & Certifications:

As stated above, the state of Maryland does not require those who wish to serve/sell alcohol to become certified.

However, certifications and training can only help. Showing an employer that you have the skills, knowledge, or experience can go a long way.

The following state-approved courses are highly recommended

Planning on Catering Events?

An alcohol catering license is needed if you plan to furnish alcoholic beverages at a catering event. It is known as a Statewide Caterer (SCAT) License. See COMAR

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.

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