Laws specifying requirements or incentives for retail alcohol outlets to participate in server training programs (often referred to as RBS).

Currently in the United States

Source: Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2018 (http://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/Beverage_Service_Training_and_Related_Practices.html)

  • 38 states plus the District of Columbia have enacted mandatory or voluntary statewide server training laws (listed below)
  • 22 States plus the District of Columbia have a Mandatory RBS Law (listed below)
  • 26 States have a Voluntary RBS Law (listed below)
  • Some States have a mix of both Mandatory and Voluntary RBS Law

 


 Current State RBS Mandates:

  • Enacted between 1981 and 2017
  • 17/18 require that training programs go through an approval process
  • 15/18 require recertification
  • 2 States set limits on the cost of training programs
  • Delaware set up a special fund for training programs
  • 13 require training within 4 months of employment
  • 4 require training before even starting 

RBS laws


Mandatory RBS Training State Laws:

  1. Alaska
  2. Colorado
  3. Deleware
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Illinois
  6. Indiana
  7. Louisiana
  8. Maryland
  9. Michigan
  10. Montana
  11. New Hampshire
  12. New Jersey
  13. New Mexico
  14. Nevada
  15. Oregon
  16. Pennsylvania
  17. Rhode Island
  18. Tennessee (on-premises)
  19. Utah
  20. Vermont
  21. Washington
  22. Wisconsin

Voluntary RBS Training State Laws:

The NIAAA Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) considers RBS VOLUNTARY when states usually, but not always, provide incentives for retailers to participate in Beverage Server Training, but do not impose penalties for those who decline involvement.  Incentives may allow a reduction in liquor license fees and/or liability insurance to those licensees who require employees to undergo an approved server training course.

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Florida
  7. Illinois
  8. Iowa
  9. Maine
  10. Michigan
  11. Minnesota
  12. Nebraska
  13. New Hampshire
  14. New York
  15. North Carolina
  16. North Dakota
  17. Ohio
  18. Oregon
  19. Pennsylvania
  20. Rhode Island
  21. South Dakota
  22. Tennessee (off-premises)
  23. Texas
  24. Virginia
  25. Washington
  26. Wyoming