About the Missouri Alcohol Seller and Server Course

This course teaches you how to be a responsible seller of alcohol and how to protect yourself and your establishment from liability. You will learn how alcohol affects the body and how to recognize the effects of alcohol on your customers; how to prevent customers from becoming intoxicated; how to intervene when you need to refuse a sale to someone; how to prevent and deal with disturbances; how to accurately check IDs and recognize minors; how to prevent second-party sales; and how to refuse a sale.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe alcohol use.
  • Recognize the effects of alcohol.
  • Identify the seller's role in the enhancement of public safety.
  • Discuss the seller's responsibilities and obligations under the law.
  • Define blood alcohol concentration and how it is calculated.
  • Describe the effects of mixing alcohol with other drugs.
  • Recognize intoxicated individuals.
  • Refuse a sale to someone with little conflict.
  • Prevent disturbances in the establishment and handle difficult situations.
  • Check IDs accurately, and recognize clues for when an individual is using a fake ID.
  • Recognize second-party sales.

Topics Covered

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: How Alcohol Affects the Body

Lesson 3: Recognizing Intoxicated Customers

Lesson 4: Preventing Disturbances

Lesson 5: Minors and Liability

Lesson 6: How to Refuse a Sale

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Missouri FAQs

The agency that handles Missouri liquor licensing and/or bartender licensing rules and regulations in Missouri is The Missouri Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

The Missouri Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Telephone: (573) 751-2333

Website: http://www.atc.dps.mo.gov/

Yes, the State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training (SMART) Online Server Training Program is a free, online interactive training program operated by the University of Missouri, Wellness Resource Center. The program educates servers of alcoholic beverages about their legal obligations concerning the service of this highly regulated product. Owners, managers and employees of establishments that serve alcoholic beverages are strongly encouraged to take this brief, informative program.

A valid and unexpired operator’s or chauffeur’s license, identification card/nondriver’s license, an identification card issued by any uniformed service of the United States, or a passport.

Chapter 311.328

A person must be 21 years of age to work in a bar. There are provisions for persons who are 18 to 20 years old to work in a restaurant or a convenience store, but the licensee must first obtain permission from the state supervisor of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Please complete and submit the Application for Permission to Employ Minors, which defines the special provisions that would allow a liquor licensee to employ a person who is 18 to 20 years old.

The Missouri Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Control FAQs

Yes, but the licensee must report the felon's employment to the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control using the Employment of Convicted Felons Notification Report Form.

The Missouri Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Control FAQs

If you are arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, the offense is processed administratively as well as criminally.

Missouri Department of Revenu

A cause of action may be brought by or on behalf of any person who has suffered personal injury or death against any person licensed to sell intoxicating liquor by the drink for consumption on the premises when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the seller knew or should have known that intoxicating liquor was served to a person under the age of twenty-one years or knowingly served intoxicating liquor to a visibly intoxicated person.

Chapter 537.053

While happy hour specials are acceptable in Missouri, advertising drink specials or promotions is banned.

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With over 30 plus years of experience in the hospitality industry as an alcohol certification consultant, instructor, manager, and coordinator, Robert Pomplun is a true expert. Our alcohol training and certification courses with Robert's guidance have benefited thousands of bartenders, servers, managers, owners, and security staff across the nation. Our courses will prepare you and your team with knowledge as the most critical component of responsible alcohol service.

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