Colorado Minor in Possession Laws

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Often students call us to inquire about the MIP laws in Colorado. As a courtesy, we've compiled the laws from every U.S. state and listed them below.

Please note that the Colorado MIP laws displayed below are intended to assist help you to learn about your local Colorado laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of Colorado MIP laws, but we do not guarantee its accuracy. This page is not a substitute for legal advice from an attorney. It is in your best interest that you find a qualified attorney for more information about Colorado minor in possession laws.

Colorado Minor In Possession Laws

Colorado Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private location
  • AND parent/guardian

Notes: POSSESSION: Colorado's exception requires the knowledge and consent of the owner of the private property when minors possess alcohol (in addition to the consent and presence of a parent or guardian).

Colorado Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private location
  • AND parent/guardian

Notes: CONSUMPTION: Colorado's exception requires the knowledge and consent of the owner of the private property when minors consume alcohol (in addition to the consent and presence of a parent or guardian).

Colorado Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private location
  • AND parent/guardian

Notes: Colorado's exception requires the knowledge and consent of the owner of the private property when minors possess or consume alcohol (in addition to the consent and presence of a parent or guardian).

Colorado Underage Purchase of Alcohol

Purchase is prohibited and there is NO ALLOWANCE for youth purchase for law enforcement purposes.

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Colorado

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private location
  • AND parent/guardian

Minimum Ages for Alcohol On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Colorado

Beer: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Wine: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Spirits: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • Manager/supervisor is present

Notes: Persons under 21 years of age employed to sell or dispense malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors are required to be supervised by another person who is on premise and has attained 21 years of age.

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers in Colorado

Beer: 21

Wine: 21

Spirits: 21

Notes: Although employees must be at least 21 years of age to sell malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors in a retail liquor store, employees at least 18 years of age may sell fermented malt beverages containing not more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight in establishments where fermented malt beverages are sold at retail in containers for off-premises consumption.

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Colorado

Provision(s) targeting minors:

  • Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense
  • Penalty may include driver's license suspension through a judicial procedure

Provision(s) targeting suppliers:

  • It is a criminal offense to lend, transfer, or sell a false ID

Provision(s) targeting retailers:

  • Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older
  • Retailers are permitted to seize apparently false IDs
  • Specific affirmative defense - the retailer inspected the false ID and came to a reasonable conclusion based on its appearance that it was valid
  • Retailer has the authority to detain a minor suspected of using a false ID in connection with the purchase of alcohol

Notes: In Colorado, the license revocation period for a first conviction of obtaining or attempting to obtain an alcoholic beverage by misrepresentation of age is twenty-four hours of public service, if ordered by the court, or three months.

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits in Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles in Colorado

BAC limit: 0.02 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation.

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Colorado Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required.

Colorado Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:

  • Underage purchase
  • Underage possession
  • Underage consumption

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: Not Specified
  • Maximum: 90 days

Notes: In Colorado, the license revocation period for a first conviction of underage purchase, possession, or consumption is twenty- four hours of public service, if ordered by the court, or three months.

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Colorado

No State-imposed liability for hosting underage drinking parties.

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