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Montana

Alcohol Server Training Law Mandatory
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Approved TIPS Programs Classroom: On Premise, Off Premise, Gaming, and Concessions
Online: On Premise, Off Premise, Gaming, and Concessions
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State Agency Montana Department of Revenue
Requirements Training is mandatory for anyone who serves or sells alcohol.
Certification Certification is valid for 3 years.
Age to consume 21
Age to pour 18
Age to Sell As allowed by state and federal labor laws
Age to Serve To serve an open container is 18
Notes on Selling or Serving N/A
Dram Shop Liability Laws Yes, with exceptions:

Furnishing a person with an alcoholic beverage is not a cause of, or grounds for finding the furnishing person or entity liable for injury or damage wholly or partly arising from an event involving the person who consumed the beverage unless:

(a) the consumer was under the legal drinking age and the furnishing person knew that the consumer was underage or did not make a reasonable attempt to determine the consumer's age;

(b) the consumer was visibly intoxicated; or

(c) the furnishing person forced or coerced the consumption or told the consumer that the beverage contained no alcohol.

A jury or trier of fact may consider the consumption of an alcoholic beverage in addition to the sale, service, or provision of the alcoholic beverage in determining the cause of injuries or damages inflicted upon another by the consumer.

A civil action may not be brought pursuant to subsection (3) by the consumer or by the consumer's estate, legal guardian, or dependent unless:

(a) the consumer was under the legal age and the furnishing person knew or should have known that the consumer was under age; or

(b) the furnishing person forced or coerced the consumption or told the consumer that the beverage contained no alcohol while knowing that it did contain alcohol.

A civil action may not be commenced under this section against a person who furnished alcohol unless the person bringing the civil action provides notice of an intent to file the action to the person who furnished the alcohol by certified mail within 180 days from the date of sale or service. The civil action must be commenced pursuant to this section within 2 years after the sale or service.

In any civil action brought pursuant to this section, the total liability for non-economic damages may not exceed $250,000.

In any civil action brought pursuant to this section, the total liability for punitive damages may not exceed $250,000.
Acceptable Forms of ID Any form of a government-issued ID can be accepted. The most common forms used in Montana:
  • Current state or Canadian driver license or identification card
  • Current armed service identification card
  • Valid passport or passport card
  • Montana tribal identification card
  • Montana temporary driver license and identification card
  • Montana probationary driver license.