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Alcohol Server Training Law Voluntary
Recommended Course
Approved TIPS Programs Classroom: On Premise, Concessions, and Gaming
Online: On Premise, Concessions, and Gaming
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State Agency Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Requirements N/A
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 On/at a licensed premises: A licensee, clerk, agent or employee shall not be charged with a violation for serving a minor at a licensed premises if the employee made a diligent inquiry to determine the patron's age. If diligent inquiry was not made, the licensee/clerk/employee can be held liable for failing to act with due diligence and failing to take immediate corrective action.

“Diligent inquiry” means a careful, good faith effort to determine the age of a person, which includes at least an examination of an official Michigan operator's or chauffeur's license, an official Michigan personal identification card, a military identification card, or any other bona fide picture identification which establishes the identity and age of the person.

Any seller or server of beverage alcohol who fails to make a "Diligent Inquiry" as to whether or not the recipient of alcohol is a minor can be found guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 60 days imprisonment, license suspension or revocation.

An individual or family member who suffers damage or who is personally injured by a visibly intoxicated person (by reason of the unlawful selling, giving, or furnishing of beverage alcohol to the visibly intoxicated person, if the unlawful sale is proven to be a proximate cause of the damage, injury or death) shall have a right of action against the person who served or sold the alcohol to the intoxicated person who caused the damage.

Not on/at a licensed premises: If found to have furnished alcohol to a minor, and the subsequent consumption of the alcohol by the minor is a direct and substantial cause of a person's death or accidental injury that causes a person's death, then the person who furnished the alcohol can be found guilty of a felony. Punishment can include a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of up to ten (10) years, or both.
Acceptable Forms of ID "Diligent inquiry” means a careful, good faith effort to determine the age of a person, which includes at least an examination of an official Michigan operator's or chauffeur's license, an official Michigan personal identification card, a military identification card, or any other bona fide picture identification which establishes the identity and age of the person. Any seller or server of beverage alcohol who fails to make a "diligent inquiry" as to whether or not the recipient of the alcohol is a minor can be found guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 60 days imprisonment.