Last call

Do you hold a liquor license in Missouri? That license must be renewed annually, and the deadline was May 1. However, you still can renew your liquor license by July 31 by paying late fees.

alcoholic beverage on a barFor late renewals between June 1 and June 30, the fee is $200. If you renew your license from July 1-31, the late fee is $300. Both the license renewal and late fee must be submitted with a cashier’s check or money order to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

These rules apply to all types of retail licenses, including by drink, package, temporary retail, other retail and secondary retail. Holders of manufacturer, wholesaler, solicitor and wine direct shipper licenses must also comply with the renewal deadlines. Keep in mind that when renewing, you must renew both primary and secondary licenses at the same time. Separate renewing is not allowed.

License holders who fail to renew their licenses by the end of July cannot legally operate. If you want to continue selling alcohol beverages, you will need to start the licensing procedure from scratch.

To do so, complete the Missouri liquor license renewal application. You will also have to provide licensing documents and pay the fee for your license type, which may be between $10 and $1,000.

Another licensing criterion is bonding in the amount required by the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol and Tobacco Control, which regulates businesses that sell alcoholic beverages in Missouri. The bond you post with your initial license must be renewed every time you renew the license.

This bond amount may be between $1,000 and $10,000. It is set on a case-by-case basis, but should always be less than the doubled amount of your monthly tax liability. Its purpose is to guarantee you will pay the state any taxes and relevant fees incurred in selling alcoholic beverages.

A liquor license bond is an essential licensing requirement, so it’s essential you keep it current. Renew it with the official bond form (PDF).

Vic Lance

Vic Lance. Lance Surety Bond Associates

Complying with these regulations will guarantee you will be able to continue selling liquor.

– Contributed by Vic Lance, founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, a surety bond expert who helps business owners get licensed and bonded.


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