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FAQ About Oklahoma Liquor Licenses

In Oklahoma, prospective restauranteurs and bar owners all have one thing in common: They need to obtain and maintain a liquor license. That seems simple, but the truth is that the state tightly controls liquor licensing, and the process can be much more involved than you imagined.

At Derryberry & Naifeh, LLP, our attorneys have experience across Oklahoma helping business owners get and protect the necessary liquor qualifications. Liquor licensing challenges are common, and we are able to provide guidance and representation to achieve your goals. Here are some of the questions we get most frequently:

Q. Do I Need A Liquor License?

If your plan is to serve customers alcoholic beverages in your establishment you will need to obtain a liquor license from the state. If you are running a liquor store you may have other options such as winery licenses, beer permits and off-sale licenses.

Q. How Do I Get A Liquor License?

The licensing process is extensive and requires mountains of paperwork and a small number of administrative hearings. Your reasons for needing a liquor license will need to be spelled out completely in your application. One of our attorneys will be able to provide a more in-depth outlook of your situation.

Q. How Much Do Licenses Cost?

Relative to other states a liquor license in Oklahoma is inexpensive. They typically cost between $500 and $1500 per year. How much exactly will depend on your situation. Our attorneys also have extensive business law experience and can answer related questions.

Q. What Happens If A Minor Is Served?

As an establishment serving alcohol it is your responsibility to ensure that your patrons are of age. That being said so if a minor has passed themselves off with a fake ID that you did not detect there is some leeway in the law. Typically, you will be fined. Depending on severity or frequency there may be other consequences.

Further Questions? Our Lawyers Are Available.

Contact Derryberry & Naifeh, LLP, at our Oklahoma City office today. Speak with an attorney who will answer your questions and help you build a strong plan to protect your liquor license. Call 405-708-6784 or email us.