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

Bartending Virginia

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

Virginia Training Providers and Information:

Although the state does not require those who sell/serve alcoholic beverages to be certified, training is recommended

Responsible Sellers & Servers: Virginia’s Program (RSVP)

  • free of charge
  • three (3) hour course

Recommended for:

    • Virginia’s on-premise and off-premise licensees
    • clerks
    • cashiers
    • wait staff
    • bartenders
    • “front line” employees

After the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • understand laws, rules and regulations that govern alcohol sales and consumption in Virginia
  • prevent intoxicated customers
  • refuse sales to underage and intoxicated customers
  • examine IDs
  • document alcohol-related incidents

**Once registering online, participants will receive:

  • an email confirmation
  • directions and parking instructions to the training site.

Please Note: Classes fill up quickly. It is recommended to sign up at least five(5) days before the training session.

Additional Educational Material:

The ABC has provided state-wide alcohol education and prevention programs

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Virginia:

  • 21

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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