How to Obtain a Server Permit
1. New Servers: New servers have a sixty-one day grace period from the original date of hire to attend a TABC certified alcohol awareness training class and obtain a server permit. Servers must be at least 18 years of age.
2. TABC certified alcohol awareness classes: All servers must attend an alcohol awareness class before they will be eligible for a server permit issued by TABC. For a list of current classes, click here. (The Adobe file is fully searchable with current revision of Adobe software.)
For a list of TABC approved "public" server training programs, click here. These programs are reviewed and approved by TABC along with other "private" programs for national restaurant chains. The public programs are administered locally by TABC certified trainers.
3. Obtain a server permit: Upon successful completion of an alcohol awareness class, you must obtain a server permit, from the TABC, which is valid for five years. The certificate indicating successful completion of the class is not a TABC server permit. Please remember that servers must attend and pass a TABC certified alcohol awareness class within one year of the date of application for the server permit. If the permit is not obtained within one year of successfully completing the class, then servers must attend and pass the training course again.
Be advised that on-premese consumption licensees must have copies of all server permits available for review by the TABC, at all times, and failure to do so could result in disciplinary action and administrative actions.
4. Certain criminal convictions will prevent an individual from being eligible for a server permit for a specified period of time. Specifically:
a. An individual may not have a felony conviction within the previous four (4) years,
b. an individual may not have a conviction for any crime related to the sale of alcoholic beverages, beer, schedules 1 and 2 controlled substances or any sex related crime, or embezzlement within the previous eight (8) years.
c. an individual may not have had an employee or server permit or similar permit issued in a foreign jurisdiction revoked by any issuing authority within the previous five (5) years.
d. an individual may not have had any ownership interest in any wholesale, retail liquor-by-the-drink or beer license or permit revoked by the using authority within the previous eight (8) years.