Liquor License Steps

What kind of license do I need?

The process of securing a liquor license in Mississippi entails understanding and obtaining one or more of the eight (8) distinct types of alcoholic beverage licenses, depending on your establishment.

On-Premises Retailer License

If you plan to service alcoholic beverages that will be consumed on your premises, you will need the On-Premises license. This license is usually issued to Bars, Restaurants and Clubs.

Package Retailer License

If you sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers, you will need the package retailer license.

Caterers License

If you offer catering services and serve alcoholic beverages, you will need a caterer’s license.

Food Truck License

Food trucks are classified separately than restaurants for license purposes.

Delivery License

Delivery of alcoholic beverages requires an alcohol delivery permit.

Temporary License

If you are only planning to serve alcoholic beverages for a short period

Distilleries and Wineries

If you are interested in producing beer, wine, or distilled spirits, you'll need one

What does a Liquor License in Mississippi Cost?

The cost of acquiring a license varies based on the type of establishment. Below, you’ll find the most common expenses associated with each business type.

Restaurants, Bars, and Hotels


On-premises retailer’s for private clubs


On-premises retailer’s (except for private clubs and common carriers)


On-premises retailer’s for wine only


On-premises retailer’s for common carriers, per vehicle

Stores & Caterers


Package Retailer




Caterer with separate on-premises permit

Food Trucks & Delivery


Food Truck Permit


Delivery Service



Temporary Permit for retailer to serve complimentary wine (Class 3)


Temporary Permit for nonprofit charity or civic organization (Class 1)


Temporary Permit during the transfer process (Class 2)


Temporary Permit for theatre


Temporary Permit for Charitable Auction

Distilleries and Wineries

Distillery (Class 1 Manufacturer)


Distillery Retailer


For annual production 5,000 gallons


For annual production of 5,000 gallons or more

$625/1,000 gallons

Native Spirits (Class 4 Manufacturer)


Native Spirits Retailer


Winery (Class 2 Manufacturer)


Native Wine Retailer

$45/10,000 gallons

Native Winery (Class 3 Manufacturer)


Festival Wine



Merchant Permit (for the service of complimentary wine at certain establishments)


Solicitor (for use by a broker)


Hospitality Cart Permit (for use at golf courses with on-premises permits)


Charter Vessel Operator’s Permit (to allow the sale of alcohol on boats)


Research Permit (for the professional research of alcohol)


Special Service Permit (to sell alcohol to commercial airlines)


Event Venue Permit


Charter Ship Operator’s Permit

For an up-to-date list, you can visit the Mississippi’s department of revenue website.

Meeting Eligibility Requirements

To gain permission to sell alcoholic beverages in Mississippi, it’s crucial to meet various eligibility requirements. The specific criteria differ based on the type of license you seek. Common requirements include:

– Be at least 21 years old.

– Residency in Mississippi is a requirement

– No felony conviction in any state.

– You must not have any unpaid taxes or outstanding debts to the state.

To read a full list of the requirements for each license, please read the Mississippi’s Alcohol Beverage Control Laws, Rules, and Regulations document on the Department of Revenue website 

Application Requirements-

Liquor License Application

Mississippi may require the following information during the application process. They may also request documentation any time after the license has been issued.

All forms and applications can be found Here


Mississippi Liquor License Application Photo 2

How Long Does It Take to get a liquor license in Mississippi?

The entire process from submission of the application to issuance of the license usually takes between 1 and 4 Months to complete. However, if issues arise during the application process the time can easily be extended for 6 months or longer.

If you are planning to open a new establishment, you should apply for the license at least 6 months before the planned opening.

Ongoing Requirements-

Once you obtain a liquor license you will be required to comply with ongoing liquor laws and regulations. These include but re not limited to:

– Complying with legal hours of operation for alcohol sales

– Complying with employment restrictions

– Preventing underage alcohol sales

– Renewing your license as required, usually on an annual basis

– Paying all applicable maintenance fees.

The Bottom Line

Obtaining a liquor license in Mississippi can be a complex and lengthy process, but it is a crucial step for anyone looking to operate a business involving alcoholic beverages. The specific steps and requirements may vary depending on the type of license you are applying for and your location, so it’s essential to work closely with the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control Division and consult with legal and business professionals as needed.

This article relies on information accessible as of October 2023, and liquor laws and regulations might undergo changes. It is advisable to consistently check with the appropriate authorities for the latest requirements and processes to guarantee a seamless application process and continuous adherence to Mississippi’s liquor laws.

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