Who is the TABC and What Do They Mean to You?

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is an organization with a mission to “inspect, supervise and regulate every phase of the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling and distributing alcoholic beverages, and the possession of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of sale or otherwise.” Anyone in the state who plans to sell or serve alcohol must obtain a permit from the TABC first. Without the permit in place, anyone serving alcoholic beverages may be doing so illegally. This can result in suspension of alcoholic-selling privileges, fines, a tarnished reputation, and many other disadvantages.

The mission was founded in 1985 and provides services that improve the health, safety, and well-being of everyone in a particular community. Those who earn their TABC permit have a duty to carry out the philosophies that the TABC holds, even if they disagree with them. Adults 21+ who intend to handle, serve, produce, or otherwise come into alcoholic beverages must have the permit in place. Following the guidelines set forth by the board reduces risks, potential of fines, and many other hassles small and large. These guidelines also keep people safe.

TABC permit

To earn the permit needed to sell alcoholic beverages in the state of Texas, the individual must first take a state-administered test at their own expense.  Once the test is passed with a 75% or better, the board issues a permit that is valid for 2-years, after which time it must be renewed after a new test is successfully completed.  It is recommended that you study for the test before you go sit down to take it. Although some things may seem like common knowledge, much of the information found on the test is not, so you will have the answers only when you study the material.