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Oregon's OLCC Alcohol Server's Permit

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A service permit is a permit issued by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to employees who serve alcohol in restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, bars, lounges, private clubs, and similar businesses. A service permit is good for 5 years.

Oregon law requires you to have a service permit if you work at a business with a liquor license that allows customers to drink on the premises and you mix, serve, or sell alcohol in any manner. Managers who supervise employees who mix, serve, or sell alcohol must also have a service permit. Employees of a licensed business must not sell or serve alcohol without a valid service permit.

If you set up and clear tables, work in the kitchen, check ID at the door, or work as a janitor, bouncer or security person, you do not need a service permit as long as you do not also mix, serve, or sell alcohol in any manner or supervise those who do.

If as a host or hostess you just greet and seat customers, you do not need a service permit. However, if you collect money from customers who have been drinking or ring up checks that include charges for alcohol, you are selling alcohol and need a service permit. If you roam the floor and sometimes help servers by delivering drinks to a table or refilling a customer's glass of wine or beer, you are serving alcohol and need a service permit. Remember, the law says you must have a service permit if you mix, serve, or sell alcohol in any manner.

  • You must be at least 18 years old. (If you are between 18 and 20 years old, there are restrictions on what you can do. See: What if I am between 18 and 20 years old? topic on this page.
  • You must complete the service permit application form supplied by the OLCC on their web portal.
  • You must take an Alcohol Server Education class. There's a separate fee for the class of $14.99, which goes directly to the provider of the class.

You may begin working only after you have completed the permit application and downloaded the temporary permit from the OLCC web portal website. and your employer has verified your age. DO NOT MIX, SERVE, OR SELL ANY ALCOHOL UNTIL BOTH YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE APPLICATION AND DOWNLOADED OR PRINTED THE TEMPORARY PERMIT ISSUED ON THE OLCC WEB PORTAL WEBSITE.

Your temporary permit must be available at all times while you are working until you receive your official permit.

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Yes, if you have not already passed a class within the past 2 years. You must complete an Alcohol Server Education class and pass the examination within 45 days after your application is submitted. For more information, see our Alcohol Server Education page or call 503-872-5133 in Portland or 1-800-452-6522, ext. 5133, elsewhere in Oregon.

If you do not take and pass a class within 45 days, you will have to submit another application and fee. However, if you have to submit a second application, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANOTHER TEMPORARY PERMIT. You will have to take and pass an Alcohol Server Education class before you can serve and sell alcohol again. Do not submit your second application until you take the class.

Yes. If you take and pass a class first, the class is good for 2 years. You may apply for a permit any time within those 2 years. However, if you submit an application first, the application is good for only 45 days.

Remember, even if you take and pass a class first, you may not sell or serve alcohol without a valid service permit or a valid temporary permit.

Yes. Just visit the OLCC portal to submit and pay for your application.

If you are 18, 19, or 20 years old, you can get a minor service permit. With a minor service permit, you may serve, pour, and draw alcoholic beverages only in areas of the business not prohibited to minors where alcohol service is secondary to food service. You may not mix drinks nor work as a bartender or cocktail server. You may enter and remain in areas prohibited to minors (such as a bar or lounge) only long enough to perform work-related duties such as:

  • Ordering and picking up drinks for service in areas not prohibited to minors (such as a dining room)
  • Clearing tables
  • Stocking supplies
  • Delivering food

On your 21st birthday, these restrictions will no longer apply

A Service Permit will now expire five years from the date the Alcohol Server Education class was taken.

The law says you must make your service permit "available at any time while on duty for immediate inspection" by an OLCC Inspector or Investigator or by a police officer. If your permit is in your wallet in the employee room, and you can produce it immediately, that would be okay. But if you left your permit at home or at another restaurant where you work, it would not be available for "immediate inspection." (ORS 471.360)

You must apply immediately for a duplicate or name change permit. Complete a service permit application form the same as if you were applying for a new permit.