Are you an employer looking to provide guidance to your employees regarding alcohol server training and the obtaining of a server permit?  Recently been hired and need to obtain your alcohol server permit? 

Here is what you need to know:

The server must be at least 18 years of age and must take a Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) approved class.  There are approved in-person classes and approved online classes.  Please see a list of the approved vendors below. 

The applicant must then log into the TABC’s RLPS system in order to apply for their permit (https://rlps.abc.tn.gov/citizenaccess/).

It is important to understand the following as it pertains to server permits:

  1. Applicant must complete a TABC certified alcohol awareness program within the previous year prior to applying for an On-Premise Server permit.
  2. The Certificate indicating successful completion of the class is not a TABC server permit. Please remember that servers must attend and pass a TABC certified alcohol awareness class within one year of the date of application for the server permit. If the permit is not obtained within one year of successfully completing the class, then servers must attend and pass the training course again.
  3. New servers have a sixty-one (61) day grace period from the original date of hire to attend a TABC certified alcohol awareness training class and have a server permit on file with the establishment of hire. This is a one-time grace period, not available every time a server changes employers.
  4. On-Premise Consumption licensees must have copies of all server permits available for review by the TABC at all times, and failure to do so could result in disciplinary and administrative actions.

Last modified: June 14, 2019