Delivery service license for home delivery of sealed beer and wine on House agenda for March 26

When it returns from its spring break, Thursday, March 26, the Alabama House has legislation on its agenda to create a delivery service license. HB407 by Rep. Gil Isbell, R-Gadsden, would allow sealed beer and wine from retailers licensed for off-premises sales to be delivered directly to Alabamians who are 21 or older.

The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved a substitute version of Isbell’s bill at its Wednesday, March 11, meeting. The Senate Tourism Committee conducted a public hearing, but did not vote on the companion legislation, SB264 by Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills.

Only those with a delivery service license could deliver alcohol directly to consumers, under these bills. They also limit the amount of alcohol that can be delivered daily to a single customer to 48, 12-ounce containers of beer and six, 750-milliliter bottles of wine.

Any limited liability company or partnership registered in Alabama can apply with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for a delivery service license. Each applicant must provide:

  • a sample contract for retailers.
  • proof of a liability insurance policy of at least $5 million for those with four or more drivers; and $2 million for those with fewer than four drivers. The insurance policy requirement applies if the business employs its own drivers or independent contractors.
  • an outline of its internal or external training and certification program for identifying underage individuals, intoxicated individuals and fake or altered identification.

A delivery service licensee also can’t deliver to individuals in a dry county or to college dorms, under this legislation.

Among other requirements, delivery service licensees must have identification scanning software available at the point of delivery to verify the recipient is at least 21 and that software must be able to retain the recipient’s name, date of birth and signature.

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