Responsible Vendor FAQs
Q: Who is required to have a responsible vendor permit?
Any employee of an alcoholic beverage or tobacco dealer who is authorized to sell or serve alcoholic beverages or tobacco products or who deals with customers who purchase or consume alcoholic beverages or tobacco products must obtain a responsible vendor permit within 45 days of employment.
Q: Is the owner of an alcoholic beverage or tobacco outlet required to have a responsible vendor permit?
No, owners are not required to obtain a responsible vendor permit. However, owners who sell or serve alcoholic beverages or tobacco products to persons under the legal age face maximum penalties.
Q: Where can I take a responsible vendor course?
A: Responsible vendor courses are provided across the state at class room locations and are also available online. Information on available responsible vendor courses is available on our website under “permits” then “responsible vendor.”
Q: How/where do I obtain my responsible vendor permit?
A: Responsible vendor permits are available on our website under “permits” then “responsible vendor” then “print/download your RV permit.”
Q: I’ve lost my responsible vendor card, what do I do?
A: You can obtain a replacement responsible vendor permit on our website under “permits” then “responsible vendor” then “print/download your RV permit.”
Q: How long is my responsible vendor permit good for?
A: Responsible vendor permits expire every four years on the last day of the month in which you took the responsible vendor course.
Q: I have a Louisiana responsible vendor card; do I need a Parish card?
A: Any vendor or server subject to a local ordinance requiring participation by the vendor or its employees in a server or security personnel training or licensing program shall be exempt from the local server training and licensing regulation if the vendor is certified as a responsible vendor under the provisions of the State law. However, this does not apply to any local seller or server licensing regulations or ordinances that were in effect on June 1, 1997. Please check with your local licensing authority for additional information.
Q: If I send my employees to a responsible vendor class and they still sell to minors am I responsible?
A: In this scenario, the business would receive a warning for the first violation. The business would receive a citation for any additional violations within a three year period. However, when assessing penalties to permit holders, ATC takes into consideration compliance with the responsible vendor program and other methods taken by business owners to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to person under the legal drinking age.
Q: If I pay for my employees to attend a responsible vendor class do their permits belong to me?
A: No, responsible vendor permits belong to the servers who took the class.
Q: How long do my employees have to obtain a responsible vendor server or security personnel permit?
A: Within 45 days of commencement of employment.