The following should only be used as a Florida License Transfer Guide, but may be required by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T):
Check with local zoning board to see if your proposed location is properly zoned for serving alcohol. Secure a zoning approval in the zoning section of your AB&T Application.
If your business will serve food, check with the Division of Hotels & Restaurants to secure approval for safety and sanitation, or with the County Health Authority or Department of Health if your business will permit consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises but will not serve food.
Fingerprinting is required for a liquor license in the state of Florida. In-state residents should visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's web site to get a list of approved Live-Scan Device Vendors ( In-state provider list
You must be able to provide the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco's Originating Agency Identifier Number (ORI#) which is FL920150Z. Out-of-state applicants must contact the division
to obtain a fingerprint card, and the card must be submitted to Pearson VUE
. Once fingerprinted, submit your receipt with your AB&T Application. A Federal Employer Identification Number is required.
Draw a sketch of the building you are seeking to license to submit with your AB&T Application.
Secure a certified copy of your arrest disposition (if you answered yes to any of the criminal background questions).
Complete the AB&T Application for all corporate members, including all shareholders involved in the business. (AB&T application links are located on our auction website under "Resources," then click "Fees & Services," then click "Applications.")
Now you may submit your completed AB&T Application with the state of Florida.
The following links are provided to help facilitate your AB&T Application process:
Division of Corporations
(Florida) The Division of Corporations is for the filing of business entities (All business entities doing business in the state of Florida must be registered with the Department of Corporations), trademarks, judgment liens, fictitious name and lien registrations. Check for any liens with both the state and the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (AB&T).
Florida Department of Revenue
Department of Revenue clearance is required on applications for all new, transfer, change of location, and applications which change the licensee’s name.
Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants licenses, inspects and regulates public lodging and food service establishments in Florida. Health approval is required on all applications for consumption on the premises. Businesses that serve food or are located on premises licensed by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants must obtain approval from the Division.
Our team of Florida Liquor License Attorneys are is standing by to assist you through the Florida Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco (AB&T) liquor license application process in all 64 counties in the State of Florida.
Liberty, Lafayette, and Washington Counties are dry counties. Calhoun, Holmes, and Jackson Counties are wet by package only.