Liquor Laws Regarding Minors in Arizona

September 5, 2014

Arizona Liquor Laws and Minors

With the establishment of the National Minimum Age Drinking Act of 1984, the legal drinking age at which any individual is allowed to purchase and consume alcohol in any of the 50 United States is 21.

However, individual states still retain some jurisdiction regarding the consumption of alcohol in private settings.

It is therefore important to understand Arizona’s liquor laws and how they apply to both public and private venues.



Sale of Liquor to Minors

Arizona law states that any licensed establishment that suspects a patron may be under the age of 21 must require that patron to provide written identification proving their age prior to the sale or procurement of liquor.

Furthermore, licensed establishments must require written identification from all patrons who appear under the age of 27 in a drive-through or any other venue for liquor sales during which a patron does not leave their vehicle.

Written identification may include an unexpired driver’s license with photo, a non-operating identification card that includes a photo and date of birth, an armed forces identification card, or an unexpired passport that contains a photo and date of birth.

Underage Drinking

There are several situations in which states may allow exemptions to underage drinking laws.

The state of Arizona only allows two such exemptions: minors may consume alcohol during a religious ceremony for ceremonial purposes only, and minors may also consume alcohol for medical purposes with a physician’s prescription.

Arizona does not allow underage drinking in private settings or with parental consent, nor does the state allow underage drinking for government work or educational purposes.

Regardless of exceptions, all other drinking and DUI laws apply to minors as well as those of legal drinking age when involved in an accident or stopped by a peace officer.

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