Wisconsin Bartender License Course
Wisconsin State Liquor Authority
State of Wisconsin
Department of Revenue - Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement
2135 Rimrock Road
P.O. Box 8933 Mail Stop 6-40
Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8933
Internet Website: WI DOR Website
Codes and Ordinance site for MANY municipalities in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Alcohol Ages
Age to consume: 21
Age to serve: 18
Age to sell (retail): 18
Age to pour: 18
Wisconsin Alcohol Hours of Operation
On Premise Establishments Hours of Operation
Sunday thru Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 2 a.m. (the next day)
Friday & Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. (the next day)
There is no closing time for the New Year's holiday.
No carry out sales between 12:00 midnight - 6:00am
- local ordinances may further restrict carry out sales hours
Off Premise Hours of Operation
Wine & Liquor
Wisconsin's DRAM Shop Law
125.035 Civil liability exemption: furnishing alcohol beverages.
(1) In this section, person has the meaning given in s. 990.01 (26).
(2) A person is immune from civil liability arising out of the act of procuring alcohol beverages for or selling, dispensing or giving away alcohol beverages to another person.
(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if the person procuring, selling, dispensing or giving away alcohol beverages causes their consumption by force or by representing that the beverages contain no alcohol.
(4) (a) In this subsection, provider means a person, including a licensee or permittee, who procures alcohol beverages for or sells, dispenses or gives away alcohol beverages to an underage person in violation of s. 125.07 (1) (a).(b) Subsection (2) does not apply if the provider knew or should have known that the underage person was under the legal drinking age and if the alcohol beverages provided to the underage person were a substantial factor in causing injury to a 3rd party. In determining whether a provider knew or should have known that the underage person was under the legal drinking age, all relevant circumstances surrounding the procuring, selling, dispensing or giving away of the alcohol beverages may be considered, including any circumstance under subds. 1. to 4. In addition, sub.(2) does apply if all of the following occur:
1. The underage person falsely represents that he or she has attained the legal drinking age.
2. The underage person supports the representation with documentation that he or she has attained the legal drinking age.
3. The alcohol beverages are provided in good faith reliance on the underage persons representation that he or she has attained the legal drinking age.
4. The appearance of the underage person is such that an ordinary and prudent person would believe that he or she had attained the legal drinking age.
(5) Subsection (2) does not apply to civil forfeiture actions for violation of any provision of this chapter or any local ordinance in conformity with any provision of this chapter.
Wisconsin Alcohol Laws
This is the Wisconsin course needed for a Wisconsin Bartender License, also called the Wisconsin Alcohol Operator License. This license is needed for selling or serving alcohol in Wisconsin. It fully complies with Wisconsin Statues 125.04, 125.17, and 134.66
You can complete your training entirely online in 4 hours or less and then have your certificate immediately, there is no extra cost for downloading, printing or emailing your certificate.
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How to Obtain a Bartender License
You must obtain a Wisconsin Bartender License (Alcohol Operator License) from the municipality (city, town or village) where you work. You need to take this Wisconsin Bartender License course to get a license, unless you have taken this course in the past two years, or have had a valid Wisconsin Bartender License in the past two years (in any municipality). Of course the municipality may have additional requirements.
You may work under the "immediate supervision" of another licensed bartender (or the licensee) without a Wisconsin Bartender License. The licensed person must immediately supervise each sale.
The city clerk typically issues the Wisconsin Bartender License. The requirements can be different for each municipality. See below for a listing of Wisconsin cities, towns and villages. There are links to websites and in some cases to the applications for a Wisconsin Bartender License for that municipality.
Typically you do not need to have a job to receive a Wisconsin Bartender License. It is important to know where you will be working because you will need a Wisconsin Bartender License for that specific municipality.
Even though our Wisconsin Bartender License training is deeply discounted, and pretty close to being free, the Wisconsin Clerks are aware of our program and consider us a valuable vendor.
If you are trying to obtain a Wisconsin Bartender License and have an arrest, DUI, or other criminal offense you will have to check with the city, town, or village clerk. Each municipality has their own regulations. They typically weigh the nature of the violation, the time that has elapsed since the violation, the person's overall record in the community, etc in making a determination. See below to search for your city or more information about specific state-wide rules.
To qualify for an operator's license, you must...
The last requirement can be waived if it is a renewal application or if you held an alcohol beverage license, including an operator's license, within the past two years. The municipality may issue you a provisional operator's license if you are enrolled in a responsible beverage server course when you apply. An operator's license is only good in the municipality that issues it. For instance, if you are issued an operator's license in the City of Milwaukee, you may not use it in a suburban municipality, like Franklin.
A criminal record may prevent you from getting a license, see the municipality you want to work in below, ask the city clerk about specifics if they are not mentioned in the Bartender's License Instructions below.
Read more about operator licenses at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's Website
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