|Alcohol Server Training Law||Mandatory|
|Approved TIPS Programs||Online: eTIPS includes RAMP server/seller training approved by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB).|
|Can I become a Certified TIPS Trainer?||TIPS/RAMP Classroom training is approved by the PLCB. To become a RAMP Trainer, certified TIPS Trainers must meet specific requirements and apply with the PLCB.|
|State Agency||Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board|
|Requirements||As of 2016 the state Liquor Code requires that anyone who serves or sells alcoholic beverages and/or checks IDs, including but not limited to bartenders, waiters, certificate distributor sales persons, bouncers, door persons, etc. – must complete RAMP Server/Seller training within six months of being hired by a licensee, unless the person successfully completed RAMP Server/Seller training prior to being hired. The TIPS Program has been approved by PLCB Bureau of Alcohol Education to provide RAMP Server/Seller training combined with our highly successful program to prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunk driving.|
|Certification||Training 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)].