Server Permit

A Server Permit (On-Premise Permit) is required to serve liquor, wine and high gravity beer at an establishment that holds an On-Premise Consumption License (Liquor-by-the-Drink License).

Server permits are valid for five (5) years from the date of issue.

Applicants can apply for this permit using RLPS. For more information on how to apply for a server permit, please visit the RLPS tutorial page.


  • Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Applicants must complete a TABC certified alcohol awareness program within one (1) year of the Server Permit application date.
    • Successfully completing an alcohol awareness course is not the equivalent of being issued a Server Permit.
    • New servers have a sixty-one (61) day grace period from the original hire date to complete the requirements and obtain a server permit. This is a one-time grace period that is not available each time a server changes employer.
  • Once issued, On-Premise Consumption licensees must maintain copies of all Server Permits that are available for review by the TABC at all times. Failing to do so may result in disciplinary and administrative actions


  • Applicants and permitees 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.
  • Applicants and permitees 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
  • Applicants and permitees 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
  • Pursuant to the Fresh Start Act, no person holding a TABC permit may have been convicted of a crime which directly relates to the business of alcoholic beverage sales.