How to Obtain a License to Sell Beer & Wine in Florida

By Mike Andrew
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In Florida, businesses wishing to sell beer and wine must obtain a license. There are three main types of beer-and-wine licenses in Florida: the consumption-on-premises license (generally used by bars or lounges), the package license (used by stores), and the SRX license (required for restaurants). All three licenses can be obtained for a fee from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), which is part of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). To obtain a beer-and-wine license, you must apply for the license with ABT. After ABT reviews your application, it will tell you if you have been approved or denied, or whether more information is required.

Determine which of the three types of beer-and-wine licenses you need. Call the DBPR Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395 or consult the official ABT website if you need help choosing the appropriate type of license.

Download the application for the license you need from the ABT website or pick up a paper application at any ABT licensing office.

Complete and sign the application, attaching any required supplemental materials.

Mail or deliver your completed application, along with a check for any applicable fees, to your local ABT licensing office. License fees vary depending on type and the county in which your business is located. ABT provides a fee chart on it homepage that lists each license fee by county.

About the Author

Mike Andrew has written business and legal articles for "850 Magazine" since 2008 and covers college football for several websites. Andrew is a freelance writer, attorney and music producer based in Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University.