Frequently Asked Questions

Stores


How can I order a product that is not carried in the ABC stores?

All products can be ordered as a special order at any of our store locations in the state. All special orders must be ordered by the case. The store personnel will take the order and forward it on to the purchasing department. The merchandise will then be ordered from the supplier. Upon arrival the product will be shipped to the store. The store will notify the customer that their order is in and ready for pickup.

Is there any way to purchase wine that is not available in Alabama directly from a winery for personal use?

Wine that is not available in Alabama may be purchased directly from the winery as long as it is for personal use only. Complete the Direct Import Authorization Form and give it to the winery at the time of purchase.

The wine shall be ordered and paid for by the purchaser--including prepaid freight charges. A copy of the authorization form should be shipped along with the wine. The shipment shall be consigned to the purchaser in care of the ABC Store designated on the authorization form. Upon arrival at the ABC Store, the purchaser will be contacted and upon payment of Alabama taxes, the purchaser may assume possession thereof.
 

Licensing


How do I apply for a license?

Contact the district office  that works the county where the retail establishment is located and they should be able to provide all of the necessary instructions.

Are background checks required to obtain an ABC license?

Yes, for retail establishments only.

How much does a license cost?

The State fees are the same within each county; however, county fees will vary throughout the State.


Audit


Who do I contact for questions regarding monthly reports from Manufacturers, Importers, or Wholesaler licensees?

Contact the ABC Audit Division at audit@abc.alabama.gov or 334-260-5408.

How are reports filed with the Audit Division?

Out-of-state manufacturers and importer licensees must file monthly reports electronically via email to audit@abc.alabama.gov using forms supplied by or approved by the ABC Board Audit Division.

In-state brewpubs, importers, manufacturers and wholesalers licensees must file electronically via email to audit@abc.alabama.gov using forms supplied by or approved by the ABC Board Audit Division. In addition, in-state licensees must submit returns by mail with the proper corresponding tax payment to:

Alabama ABC Board
Audit Division
2715 Gunter Park Drive West
Montgomery, AL 36109
 

What are the due dates of the required reports?

In-state beer wholesaler licensees are required by ALA. ADMIN. CODE Rule 20-X-9-.02(3) (1998) to file a monthly report due on or before the last day of the month following the month of receipt of the beer by the wholesaler.

In-state importer licensees are required by ALA. ADMIN. CODE Rule 20-X-8-.02 (1998) to file a monthly report prior to the twentieth day of the month following the receipt of beer, liquor, or table wine into the State of Alabama.

In-state liquor wholesaler licensees are required by ALA. ADMIN. CODE Rule 20-X-9-.01 (1998) to file a monthly report prior to the twentieth day of the month following the month of the receipt of liquor.

In-state manufacturer licensees are required by ALA. ADMIN. CODE Rule 20-X-9-.04 (2016) to file a monthly return with supporting schedules and reports prior to the fifteenth day of the month following the month of the production and/or sale of table wine, or twentieth day of the month following the month of the production and/or sale of beer and liquor.

In-state table wine wholesaler licensees are required by Section 28-7-16(b)(2), Code of Alabama 1975 and Section 28-7-16(e)(2), Code of Alabama 1975 to file a monthly report due not later than the fifteenth day of the second month following the month of receipt of table wine be the wholesaler.

Out-of-state Importer and manufacturer licensees are required by ALA. ADMIN. CODE Rule 2-X-8-.01 (1998) to file a monthly report with supporting schedules and documentation prior to the twentieth day of the month following the month of product shipment.
 

Must a report be filed even if there is no activity?

Yes. A report is required each month the licensee holds an ABC license. For those months that the licensee has no activity, a zero-activity report affirming no activity must be filed.

 

Employment


How do I obtain employment with the ABC Board?

The Alabama ABC Board utilizes the Direct Appointment process for filling ABC Sales Associate I (11706), Clerk (10121), Warehouse Worker (10920), and Laborer (90101) positions. The direct appointment process provides for a streamlined method for the recruitment and appointment of qualified personnel to fill position vacancies. Through this process, an individual does not compete on a State Personnel Department register. Application for a direct appointment position should be made directly to the ABC Board. 
 
In order to qualify for state jobs, you must first meet the minimum qualifications. These requirements can be found on any job announcement under the heading: "Qualifications Needed to Apply". Announcements for both current job listings and continuous job listings can be accessed by visiting www.personnel.alabama.gov. They can also be obtained from our Central office or any local Employment Service Office. Applicants should review each announcement carefully, noting the location of the job opening, minimum qualifications, description of job duties, and any special requirements. Taking the time to thoroughly review each announcement will help avoid applying for jobs that may not be of interest.
 
To be considered for employment in all cases, you must first submit a STATE APPLICATION for each classification. The most effective method is to visit the State Personnel Department website, and create a job profile under the “My Profile” section. Once you have filled in all of the required information and created a user account, you will be sent an e-mail. Click on the link in the e-mail to activate your account and sign in. Finish creating your profile and then apply for the job(s) in which you are interested.


Miscellaneous


How do I report a violation?

Submit a comment, complaint, suggestion, or violation through the Comments/Suggestions form.

What is the law in Alabama regarding the purchasing of alcoholic beverages by Internet?

See Rules and Regulations Chapter 20-X-7-.08.