New Video: Can you get an alcohol license with a DUI?

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Crystal Stump (founder and CEO of ABC Consulting and former special ABC Agent from the Alcohol Beverage Control Authority) explains how you can still get an ABC Retail license if you have had a DUI. Does a DUI prohibits you from receiving an ABC license? The answer is…it depends.

Pour yourself a drink; you’re going to need it!

I often get questions about if you have a DUI, can you still get a license. Of course it is a case-by-case basis, but generally speaking, if you have had a DUI, it doesn’t prohibit you from getting a license. If you plan to be an ABC Manager, you must be approved by VA ABC before acting as an ABC Manager. And having a felony or DUI conviction may hinder that.  Two reasons that could hold you back are if you were convicted in the last 5 years or if you received a felony conviction. Many people are charged with a DUI but the charges are dropped or reduced after conviction. The question on the application is “have you been convicted.”  Obviously, each situation is different and I am happy to talk through your unique situation; feel free to give me a call.

Don’t be afraid to apply for an license-even with a DUI.

Another way to learn more about serving alcohol, compliantly, is to take our online training, at Our training is very comprehensive and covers DUI’s, ID’ing, how to apply for an alcohol license, how to properly manage a license location and how to do your MBAR’s –  in fact, it even explains that if you receive a violation and take the online training, you can reduce fines by 50%. This seller/server training is appropriate for anyone managing or serving – in fact, we recommend that you re-certify, annually. The cost of our training is only $29.95 and is available, immediately, self-paced and online.

ABC Consulting was created in 2009 after my retirement from the VA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Division. Since then, the company has grown into a successful team of former VA ABC Special Agents, working for alcohol licensees across VA and other states. We also have former Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade (known as TTB) agents and inspectors. Our team works alongside you and your business for seamless licensing, compliance and training. 

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for the most common discussions and mistakes relating to Alcohol Licensing in the state of Virginia. We welcome the call to walk through this with you, over the phone–let’s talk: 800-785-0161

*Disclaimer: This article and its contents represent the opinions of the author only and is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. ABC Consulting is a private consulting firm, in way do we represent the VA ABC Authority. You should not act upon any such information without seeking qualified professional advice based upon your situation.

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