Responsible Serving of Alcohol
Washington Responsible Serving of Alcohol Information
Responsible Serving of Alcohol is also available through the following offer:
Approved for online Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST) by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Related Courses for WA:
- Employer Packages for Washington
- Washington Food Safety for Handlers
- Washington Food Safety for Managers
The minimum age to sell and serve alcohol in Washington is 18.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis BoardThe Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issues liquor licenses and permits for licensees, bartenders and servers. The contact information for The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is listed below. You can contact them to verify that online server certification (bartender license) can be obtained in Washington. We have also listed that information where applicable.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Phone: (360) 664-1600
Washington Licensee's Certification Card
In Washington, any person attempting to purchase alcohol is required to present proper identification proving they are 21 or older. If you have doubts about the person's age, even if the ID is one of the acceptable forms of ID, you can ask the customer to complete a Licensee Certification card.
Licensee Certification cards must be filled out completely and signed by the person presenting the ID. These cards must also be filed by the close of business the same day the cards are completed. Licensee Certification cards must be available for examination by any law enforcement officer.
A completed Licensee Certification card may be a defense against charges for serving alcohol to a minor (if the card is filled out correctly including signatures from a person who checked the ID and the minor). This can be an evidence that you have acted in good faith to prevent the sale of alcohol to a minor.
Click Here To Download Washington Licensee's Certification Card.
Quick tips for Washington Bartenders
- WA Dram Shop Laws: No. Third Party Liability
- WA Happy Hour Laws: Washington state law does not allow the following types of promotions:
- Two for the price of one,
- Buy one, get one free,
- Two drinks for a fixed price, and/or
- All you can drink.
Can bartenders in WA work as a bartender with a felony conviction?
A person with a felony conviction is not restricted from obtaining a Class 12 or Class 13 permit and working as a bartender. However, if a person is convicted of a felony or violation of a liquor law after they obtain their permit, they could receive a fine, suspension or revocation of their permit.