Florida Minor in Possession Laws

Online Alcohol Class offers the most comprehensive online Minor in Possession course available in Florida. We offer Level 1 (8 hour), Level 2 (16 hour), and Level 3 (24 hour) online Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption Classes.

Often students and parents call our offices to inquire about the MIP laws in Florida. As a courtesy, we've compiled the laws from every state and listed them below.

Please note that the Florida MIP laws shown on this page are intended to assist help you to understand your local Florida laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of Florida MIP laws, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. This information is not a substitute for legal advice from a lawyer. It is in your best interest that you find an appropriate lawyer for more information about Florida minor in possession laws.

Florida Minor In Possession Laws

Florida Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Florida Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is not explicitly prohibited.

Florida Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Florida Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Florida

Furnishing is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Florida

Beer: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Wine: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Spirits: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers of Alcohol in Florida

Beer: Not Specified

Wine: Not Specified

Spirits: 18

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Florida

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 retailers:

  • Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older
  • Specific affirmative defense - the retailer inspected the false ID and came to a reasonable conclusion based on its appearance that it was valid

Notes: Although the verbatim text of historical regulations is only available from January 1, 2003 forward, the published historical information for Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 61A-3.052 indicates that this regulation has been in force, unchanged, from February 28, 1994 to date.

Florida Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits: Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles

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

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Florida Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required.

Florida Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose:

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

  • Underage purchase
  • Underage possession

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 18

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: 180 days
  • Maximum: 365 days

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Florida

Social host law is specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession Consumption

Property type(s) covered by liability law:

  • Residence

Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: KNOWLEDGE - host must have actual knowledge of the occurrence

Preventive action by the host negates the violation (see note).

Notes: The "preventive action" provision in Florida requires the prosecution to prove that the host failed to take preventive action.

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