As retailers of alcoholic beverages, certain safeguards are necessary
not only to protect the community, but are mandated by State Law.
SELLING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IS SERIOUS BUSINESS:
It cannot be stressed enough that the seller must be satisfied,
without reservation, that every sale is being made lawfully. Failure to
do so subjects the seller to a fine of up to $l,000 and/or two years in
prison (Art. 2B, Sec. 16-503). Additionally, the license holder is subject
to action by the Board of License Commissioners, who may impose fines
up to $20,000 per VIOLATION, suspend, or revoke the alcoholic beverage
license.(RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS,
M.C.C APPENDIX D)
Each sale should be considered on its own merit.
Any employee engaged in the sale, handling, or dealing in alcoholic beverages
must be at least l8 years old. Tables may be bussed by employees under
18 years of age.
Beer, wine and liquor may be purchased by anyone 2l years of age, or
If there is a question that the purchaser (the person presenting the
money) is not well over the age of 2l, then proof of age should be requested.
(A good practice is to be certain that the purchaser appears to be at
Signed, valid State Drivers License with picture, Military I.D.,
State issued MVA Identification Card, Valid Passport, Immigration card.
Make certain that the person to whom you made the sale is in possession
of the alcoholic beverages upon exit, not someone else.
Expired drivers permit, Social Security card, Birth Certificate,
Credit Card, High School or College I.D. Any I.D. not issued by Federal,
State or local authorities, any unsigned, expired or altered I.D.
Take the I.D. in hand, examine the front and back of the I.D., especially
for height and weight, and note any alteration. The description and picture
must match the purchaser, without doubt. If uncertain (change in hair
or weight) ask purchaser to sign name and birthdate on a piece of paper.
Match signature and date on the acceptable I.D. If you are not absolutely
sure . . . . DON'T MAKE THE SALE.
A sale must not be made to anyone who is visibly under the influence
You may sell alcoholic beverages only within the hours prescribed on
Gambling with the exception of MD state lottery, in any establishment
Be aware of anyone returning repeatedly, making purchases for others.
Call 9ll if someone appears to be procuring for minors.
Purchases may not be opened or consumed on premises not having "on
sale" privileges (including employees).
No license holder or anyone in his employ shall consume or permit patrons
to consume alcoholic beverages on the licensed permises during when such
sales are prohibited, by law, except that such beverages as have been
purchased and paid for before the legal selling hour may be consumed on
the premises until one-half hour after the legal selling time.
PURCHASE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:
All alcoholic beverages must be purchased from the Department of Liquor
Control. Retail dealers shall be permitted to purchase alcoholic beverages
from Montgomery County Dispensaries.
No retail dealers shall sell any other retail dealer any alcoholic beverages
except to the holder of a Special Class C, ONE DAY, Beer, Wine and Liquor
Free merchandise or prizes shall not be offered to encourage the sale
of alcoholic beverages. No alcoholic beverages shall be given as prizes
in connection with the playing of any game.
REVOCATION AND SUSPENSION OF LICENSES:
Any license may be suspended or revoked because of the following:
- The making of a false statement in the application for the license.
- Two or more convictions of one or more employees of the licensee of
any violation of the alcoholic beverage laws within a period of two
- The possession upon the licensed premises of any alcoholic beverages
which the licensee is not permitted to sell.
- Failure to keep required records on the licensed premises relative
to employees and to the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
- Selling alcoholic beverages to a minor or intoxicated person.
- Selling alcoholic beverages after legal hours or failure to remove
alcoholic beverages and containers from bars and tables one-half hour
after legal selling hours.
- Permitting gambling or disorderly conduct on the licensed premises.