Curious about Washington State’s alcohol laws? There are a ton! But we’ve curated some basic great-to-know laws below for anyone interested:
How old do I need to be in Washington State to bartend?
How old do I need to be in Washington State to serve alcohol as waitstaff?
How old do I need to be in Washington State to conduct alcohol tastings?
How old do I need to be in Washington State to enter a bar?
Replacing Your MAST Permit:
Unfortunately, it can be way too easy to lose, wash, or otherwise damage your MAST Permit to the point of being unrecognizable. Even though MAST Permits are made out of a thick paper, it’s still paper and is consequentially vulnerable against the elements. MAST Permit tragedies happen fairly often, so please don’t beat yourself up about it if you have fallen victim.
Lucky for you, we are happy to offer replacement permits! The only catch is we can only replace permits for students who took our Online MAST Permit Program and received their MAST Permit from us. (Sorry, we don’t make the rules!)
If you’re in the market for a Class 12 MAST Permit or a Class 13 MAST Permit you may have some questions, so we thought we would put a list of some FAQs together for you! If you don’t give a hoot about the FAQs and just want to get your Online MAST Training taken care of, you are welcome to do that too!
For those of you who are still with us, check out some helpful FAQ answers below:
Do I really have to get a MAST Permit? If you serve, mix, or sell alcohol in Washington State, then yes you do. We know it’s not ideal and we know it sucks to have to spend your free time taking a "boring" course about alcohol laws, BUT we promise our course isn’t so bad. Our founder was a stand-up comedian back in the day, so you can bet there is some humor in our MAST course which will hopefully make it a little more enjoyable for you!
Fiiiiiine, I’ll take the course. I just got hired, when do I have to get my MAST Permit?In Washington State you need to take a MAST Permit Course within 60 days of your hire date.
Several U.S. states require some form of Alcohol Server + Seller Education for anyone and everyone who serves, mixes, or sells alcohol. Washington State officially made this a requirement in 1995 when legislature passed a law requiring that everyone who served alcoholic beverages needed to complete a state certified Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST) course and receive a MAST Permit.
The WSLCB (Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board, formerly known as the Washington State Liquor Control Board), facilitates the MAST program, but private companies (like yours truly) provide the MAST Course and issue MAST Permits to those who need them. Becoming certified as a Washington State MAST Program Provider requires a stamp of approval from the WSLCB which only happens after the WSLCB reviews a course and confirms that it has met each of the MAST Program requirements.
It is guaranteed that if you serve or sell alcohol in Washington State you’re going to find yourself checking a whole lotta IDs! This means you’re going to come across several different styles of IDs, but not all IDs are acceptable to use for alcohol transactions.
The first step you’ll need to take when a customer hands you their ID is to make sure it is considered an acceptable form of identification per the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) for confirming someone’s age. This is important, because if you accept and check an unacceptable form of ID for someone and then serve or sell them alcohol you can get in BIG trouble! Especially if you find out that person deceived you and was not actually 21 or older!
Below is a list of the WSLCB approved forms of identification that are considered acceptable for the purpose of selling, serving, or purchasing alcohol in Washington State:
- U.S. Driver’s License
- U.S. Instruction Permit
- U.S. ID Card
- Canadian Province Driver’s License
- Canadian Province Instruction Permit
- Canadian Province ID Card
- U.S. Armed Forces ID Card
- Merchant Marine I.D. Card
- Official Passport or Passport Card
- Washington State Tribal Enrollment Card
If you need a Class 12 or Class 13 Washington MAST Permit, AACEA Washington makes it easy for you to get certified online. But before you get started, you may be wondering what the difference is between a Class 13 MAST Permit and a Class 12 MAST Permit.
We would be happy to help break this down for you!
Class 13 Washington MAST Permit
If you are between 18-20 years of age you are eligible for a Class 13 MAST Permit which will allow you to perform the following tasks:
- Take alcohol orders
- Carry alcohol to a customer’s table and pour it into their glass
If you own an establishment in Washington State that sells or serves alcohol, or if you serve alcohol or manage employees who serve alcohol, you may be curious to know how to pass a WSLCB compliance check. We have provided some helpful tips for you below!
If you are interested in receiving a comprehensive training on Washington State Alcohol Selling and Serving laws, or if you are in the hospitality industry and need to receive a MAST Permit so you can legally serve alcohol, we recommend checking out a WSLCB approved online Washington MAST Permit Course! Otherwise, keep reading to learn about compliance checks!
What is the purpose of a WSLCB compliance check?
A compliance check is a way for the Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to confirm that liquor licensed establishments are complying with Washington State alcohol serving and selling laws. A compliance check helps the WSLCB to enforce one of its primary missions which is to ensure that alcohol is never sold or served to minors.
If you’re in the alcohol industry in Washington State (whether you’re an alcohol server, seller, manager, or liquor license holder), you may already be aware of the liability you can be held accountable for if you serve or sell alcohol to a minor or a customer who is apparently intoxicated. One of the best ways you can reduce the likelihood of having legal issues held against you is to implement “house policies” for your co-workers or your employees to follow.
If you would like to receive a comprehensive training on Washington State Alcohol Selling and Serving laws, or if you are an alcohol server and need to receive a MAST Permit so you can work, we recommend checking out a WSLCB approved online MAST Permit Course!