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Server Permit

An On-Premise Permit (Server Permit) allows any person to serve liquor, wine and high gravity beer at an establishment that holds an On-Premise Consumption License (Liquor By the Drink License).

This permit is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue.

The forms and fees for this permit are available under Public Information and Forms

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Requirements

  • Applicant for an On-Premise Server Permit must be at least eighteen (18) years old
  • Applicant must complete a TABC certified alcohol awareness program within the previous year prior to applying for an On-Premise Server permit
    • 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
    • New servers have a sixty-one (61) day grace period from the original date of hire to attend a TABC certified alcohol awareness training class and have a server permit on file with the establishment of hire. This is a one-time grace period, not available every time a server changes employers
  • On-Premise 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 and administrative actions

Restrictions

  • An individual may not have a felony conviction for an offense that bears directly on the applicant’s fitness to practice competently, as determined by the commission.
  • An individual may not have a conviction for any crime related to the sale of alcoholic beverages, beer, schedules 1 and 2 controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, or any sex related crime, or embezzlement within the previous eight (8) years
  • An individual may not have had an employee or server permit or similar permit issued in a foreign jurisdiction revoked by an issuing authority within the previous five (5) years
  • 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

More Information
New Application Process
  • Attend and complete a TABC certified Alcohol Awareness class.
    • Check the Alcohol Awareness section of this site to find a TABC Certified Alcohol Awareness class
  • Fill out and submit the On-Premise Permit (Server Permit) Application with a $20.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your Identification.
  • Submit the original documents with payment to the local Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for review. If you have convictions, court disposition papers showing the date of the conviction and the disposition of the charges may be required for review by the TABC before your server permit may be issued.
  • Receive your server permit from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and furnish your employer with a copy to be kept on the licensed premises.
  • Once the card is received, the applicant keeps the original card and they give their employer a photocopy of the card. The card must be on the owner's person at all times during business operations.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature

Renewal Information
  • Before your current card expires, attend and complete a TABC certified Alcohol Awareness class.
  • Fill out and submit the On-Premise Permit (Server Permit) Application with a $20.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your Identification.
  • Submit the original documents with payment to the local Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for review. If you have convictions, court disposition papers showing the date of the conviction and the disposition of the charges may be required for review by the TABC before your server permit may be issued.
  • Receive your server permit from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and furnish your employer with a copy to be kept on the licensed premises.
  • Once the card is received, the applicant keeps the original card and they give their employer a photocopy of the card. The card must be on the owner's person at all times during business operations.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature

Replacement Information
  • Fill out and submit the On-Premise Permit (Server Permit) Application with a $10.00 non-refundable replacement fee
  • Fill out and submit the Declaration of Citizenship with the appropriate copies of your Identification
  • Submit the original documents with payment to the local Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for review. If you have convictions, court disposition papers showing the date of the conviction and the disposition of the charges may be required for review by the TABC before your server permit may be issued
  • Receive your replacement server permit from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and furnish your employer with a copy to be kept on the licensed premises
  • Once the card is received, the applicant keeps the original card and they give their employer a photocopy of the card. The card must be on the owner's person at all times during business operations.

* All forms must be completely filled out, signed and notarized

* All payments must be made with a money order, cashier's check or business check from the licensed establishment and made payable to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Global money orders will not be accepted.

* Notaries are available at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission office for walk in clients. You must be present, have proper identification and the notary must witness your signature