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Texas TABC Training: How to Pass a TABC Alcohol Sting Operation

One of the most important responsibilities of any alcohol server in Texas State is to ensure that minors (those who are under 21 years of age) are not served alcohol. This is to protect yourself and the establishment you work at from liability and to promote public safety.

One way the TABC ensures that liquor licensed establishments are following this law is to conduct Minor Sting Operations, and it is in your best interest as a server, liquor license holder, or a manager, to pass any sting operation that happens at your establishment!

If you would like to receive an in-depth training on TABC Texas Alcohol Serving and Selling Laws, or if you need to receive a TABC Certificate in order to work as an alcohol server, we recommend signing up for a TABC Alcohol Server Training Course to ensure you are properly educated!

How exactly does a TABC Minor Sting Operation work?

A TABC Minor Sting Operation is an extremely controlled operation in which a minor who is younger than 18 years of age will come into your establishment and attempt to purchase alcohol while being under the surveillance of an undercover officer.

What are the minor’s characteristics in a TABC Sting Operation?

  • The minor will appear to look younger than 21 years of age
  • Male minors will not be large in stature and will not have facial hair
  • Female minors will wear minimal makeup and jewelry
  • The minor will not be a regular customer

What can be expected during an interaction with a minor in a TABC Sting Operation?

  • The minor will not initiate any conversation other than what is needed in order to attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage
  • The minor will either carry their own ID showing their correct date of birth or carry no ID
  • The minor will present their ID upon your request
  • The minor will answer honestly if you ask for their age

How can you ensure that you pass any TABC Sting Operation that occurs in your establishment?

  1. Always check IDs thoroughly to ensure someone is 21 or older before serving or selling them alcohol
  2. Don’t serve alcohol to anyone without an ID

One of the best ways you can ensure that you and/or your establishment passes every TABC Sting Operation that occurs is to complete a TABC approved Texas Alcohol Server Training course. This training provides an abundance of information regarding Texas Specific Alcohol Server and Seller laws AND earns you a TABC Seller/Server Certificate upon completion.

Cheers, and Happy Training!

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