How to Get a Liquor License in Oklahoma

By Chantel Alise
Get a Liquor License in Oklahoma

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There are a number of reason why you might want to obtain a liquor license in Oklahoma. Perhaps you have a long-term endeavor in mind. Or maybe your club or organization wishes to sell liquor for a specific event. Either way, the license must cover those who will distribute the liquor as well as the group or institution responsible for the distribution. There are certain steps that must be taken to obtain a liquor license in Oklahoma.

Contact the alcohol licensing body for the state of Oklahoma, known as the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement, or ABLE commission. There you can obtain a license application, as well as get additional information about the rules and regulations of alcohol distribution within Oklahoma. The main branch is at 4545 N. Lincoln Blvd., in Oklahoma City. The toll-ree number for calling the commission to request a license if 1-866-894-3517.

Go to one of several ABLE banch locations throughout the state. In the southwest, the address is 607 E. Avenue in Lawton, Okla. In the northeast, the location is 440 South Houston in Tulsa, Okla. There is also a McAlester office at 10 E. Washington. Workers at any of these sites can answer your questions or help with the applicantion process.

Obtain a wholesale winery license within the state through the ABLE main branch as outlined in Step 1 above.

Complete the entire application form.

Take the application, along with proof of age for the licensee (21 years or older), to the main branch for same-day licensing. Applications are accepted from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications cannot be walked through any other ABLE office.

Pay the application fee, which is based upon the type of application: An alcohol beverage employee license is $30, while a short-term charity/games employee pays only $15. An alcohol beverage agent pays $55, while the charity/games manager pays $50. An alcohol manufacturing agent also pays $55.

The ABLE commission accepts cash, money orders, cashiers checks, and most major credit cards. Upon meeting the requirements noted, a temporary 30-day license will be given. The permanent license will be received in the mail within the month.

Submit the application by certified mail to the main ABLE branch office. Include the licensing fee in via money order, cashier's check or credit card.

The certified-mail receipt will serve as a temporary license in conjunction with proof of identification. The temporary license expires after 30 days, by which time a permanent license should have been received.

You may also fax the application to the main ABLE branch along with an authorized credit card payment form.

About the Author

A business and education specialist for 30 years, Chantel Alise also owned a management and marketing training company. She has written newsletters and training manuals as well as business articles for Enid News and Eagle's Business Journal. She is principle writer for Beauty Biz. Alsie attended Thomas Nelson Community College (Virginia) and Phillips University (Oklahoma).

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