|Alcohol Server Training Law||Non-Regulated|
|Approved TIPS Programs||Classroom: On Premise, Off Premise, Concessions, and Gaming
Online: eTIPS is valid for certification. Some MA jurisdictions, such as Ashland, Worcester, Chicopee, Natick and Westborough, do not accept web-based training. Please see our classroom training options.
|Can I become a Certified TIPS Trainer?||Yes. Browse upcoming train-the-trainer workshops.|
|State Agency||Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission|
|Certification||TIPS Certification is valid for 3 years.|
|Age to consume||21|
|Age to pour||18|
|Age to Sell||18|
|Age to Serve||18|
|Notes on Selling or Serving||N/A|
|Dram Shop Liability Laws||No|
|Acceptable Forms of ID||A valid Massachusetts driver license, a valid Massachusetts Liquor Identification card, a valid Massachusetts identification card, a valid Passport issued by the United States government, or by a government that is recognized by the United States government, a Passport card for a Passport issued by the United States, and a valid Military Identification Card.
A licensee may use their own judgment to accept out-of-state forms of identification. However, reliance by a licensee on any other form of identification to determine proof of age does not give the licensee a defense. If a licensee sells alcohol to a minor, the owner has a defense if the store relied on a Massachusetts license as proof of age. The licensee can be penalized if employees relied on an out-of-state license that is found to be a false ID.