Alcohol Beverage Control FAQS

Ensuring all establishments selling or producing alcoholic beverages, including liquor, beer, and wine are properly licensed and conform to the law.

For your convenience, our lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Temporary Relief in Effect: For licensees who are in their annual state license renewal period (Ada County and Canyon County), please be advised that ABC will provide a temporary renewal extension period for those businesses that are completely shut down as a result of the Governor’s order regarding COVID-19.  It is our hope that this renewal period extension will help provide financial relief to those licensees impacted by COVID-19.

Businesses open to the public and utilizing their alcohol licenses must renew as required in order to keep the alcohol license in good standing in accordance with Idaho law.

Those businesses requesting an extension to renew their State of Idaho alcohol beverage license must request such extension by emailing .  Please include your premises number, applicant name and business name on the request.

Captain Brad Doty

Bureau Chief, Alcohol Beverage Control

Guidelines for Alcohol Delivery

Example of Sealed Alcohol

The Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau is taking measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and the customers we serve. In order to lessen the threat of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, ABC staff members are working under limited, modified schedules but we do expect some interruption in services in the coming weeks or months. We would encourage you to conduct your business with our office utilizing email and online services. Please note that contacting ABC via email instead of telephone may result in a faster response time. For additional information please see our ABC website, online renewals for beer and wine and the Frequently Asked Questions section. Please know we appreciate your patience and understanding and your business is important to us. We will continue to strive to provide you excellent service.

Suspension of IDAPA Effective 3/1/2020: Product Replacement and Credit

Exciting News for Beer/Wine and Wholesale Licensees!!

ATTENTION Wineries, Breweries, Wholesalers and Distributors: It is important that you seek county/city approval before beginning the application process with ABC. Please see attached form for guidance.

Letters from ABC Bureau Chief, Captain Brad Doty

Legal Update for Dessert Wines June 2019 

New Renewal Process January 2019

Shipping beer directly to consumers

Winery Catering Permits

“Coin Pusher” gaming machines


ABC Active License and Permit Verification View, print and export current alcohol beverage licenses and permits.

State Issued Identification Cards Information on the new State of Idaho Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards. [Aug 2018]

Notice to Liquor License Applicants Please read if you considering obtaining a liquor license in the State of Idaho. [posted July 2007]

Guidelines For Off Premise Alcohol Delivery Alcohol delivery information.

License Expiration Dates Chart of alcohol beverage license expiration date by county.

Price Posting & ABC Reporting ABC Reporting Site for Price Posting, Monthly Beer & Wine Reports and Certificate of Approval Shipment Reports. If you experience any problems with the price posting program, please contact ABC at

NEW Fingerprint Fee
January 1, 2019: The fee for applicant fingerprint based background check is $33.25 based on the fee schedule from the FBI. Cards sent with the wrong amount will result in a return of the cards and license application and will delay processing. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Administrative Violation Penalty Schedule list of the common alcohol beverage violations and penalties associated.

Agency and Court Decisions for ABC Administrative Cases

         Senor Iguanas        Salon Columbia   Buttonhook Restaurant
Arco Village ClubAubrey’s House of AleBoomerang/Boyd’s Sports Bar
Last ChanceMT Saddle SaloonNeville & Neville
The Lincoln InnThe OfficeZen Bento
Elk Horn BarJoe’s ClubSmall Brewer’s Exemption
The GrailShot GlassChina Blue
Zou 75Zou 75 District CourtSenor Iguanas
CheerleadersSportsman ClubButtonhook

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