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Alcohol Server Training Law Mandatory
Recommended Course
Approved TIPS Programs Online: On Premise
Can I become a Certified TIPS Trainer? TIPS Classroom is not approved in PA.
State Agency Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
Requirements Training is mandatory for anyone involved in the sale or service of alcohol.
Certification Certification is valid for 2 years.
Age to consume 21
Age to pour 18
Age to Sell 18
Age to Serve 18

Minors who are 16 and 17 years old may be employed to serve food, clear tables and perform other duties that do not include serving alcoholic beverages.
Notes on Selling or Serving N/A
Dram Shop Liability Laws Yes, with conditions.

Section 493(1) of the Pennsylvania Liquor Code prohibits licensees from selling, furnishing or giving any liquor or malt or brewed beverages or to permit any liquor or malt or brewed beverages to be sold, furnished, or given to any person visibly intoxicated, or to any minor [47 P.S. 4-493(1)].

However, civil liability is separate from liability under the Liquor Code. Section 497 of the Liquor Code provides that no licensee shall be liable to third person on account of damages inflicted upon them off of the licensed premises by customers of the licensee unless the customer who inflicts the damage was sold, furnished, or given liquor or malt or brewed beverages by the licensee or its agents, servants, or employees, when the customer was visibly intoxicated. [47 P.S. 4-497].
Acceptable Forms of ID Nothing in the Liquor Code or the Board’s Regulations requires patrons to possess valid identification while on licensed premises. However, section 493 of the Liquor Code states that licensees are strictly liable for service to minors, including minors who may be on licensed premises with a parent, legal guardian, or under proper supervision. [47 P.S. 4-493(1)].

A valid photo driver’s license or identification card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or by any other state, a valid United States Armed Forces identification card, or a valid passport or travel visa issued by the United States or a foreign country that contains the holder’s photograph, are all acceptable as identification cards. [47 P.S. 4-495(a)].