Georgia Minor in Possession Laws

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

Please note that the Georgia minor in possession laws displayed below are meant to help help you to learn about your local Georgia laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of Georgia minor in possession 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 an appropriate attorney for more information about Georgia MIP laws.

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Georgia Minor In Possession Laws

Georgia Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian's home
  • AND parent/guardian

Georgia Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is not explicitly prohibited.

Georgia Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Georgia Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Georgia

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian's home
  • AND parent/guardian

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Georgia

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 Alcohol Sellers in Georgia

Beer: Not Specified

Wine: Not Specified

Spirits: Not Specified

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Georgia

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
  • 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

Notes: In Georgia, the prohibition against furnishing to a minor does not apply when a retailer has been provided with “proper identification,” defined as “any document issued by a governmental agency containing a description of the person, such person's photograph, or both, and giving such person's date of birth.” When a reasonable or prudent person could reasonably be in doubt as to whether a customer is of legal drinking age, the retailer has a duty to request to see and to be furnished with proper identification in order to verify the customer’s age, and the failure to make such request and verification in the case of an underage person may be considered by the trier of fact in determining whether the retailer furnishing the alcoholic beverage did so knowingly. See Ga. Code Ann. § 3-3-23(d), (h). APIS has interpreted the “reasonable or prudent person” requirement as providing the retailer a defense for reasonable reliance on an apparently valid ID.

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

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

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Georgia Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition: more than two gallons

Prohibited:

  • Possessing an unregistered, unlabeled keg - max. fine/jail: $1000 or 12 months
  • Destroying the label on a keg - max. fine/jail: $1000 or 12 months

Purchaser information collected:

  • Purchaser's name and address
  • Verified by a government-issued ID
  • Address where keg will be consumed

Warning information to purchaser: active – purchaser action required (e.g., signature)

Deposit: not required

Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs

Notes: Although Georgia does not require a retailer to record the number of a keg purchaser's ID, it does require the retailer to record the form of identification presented by the purchaser, as well as the purchaser's name, address, and date of birth.

Georgia Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

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

  • Underage purchase

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation: 180 days

Notes: With respect to underage possession, Georgia imposes a license sanction only if the possession occurs while operating a motor vehicle. See Ga. Code Ann. § 40-5-63(e). APIS does not address provisions that apply only when the minor is the operator or passenger of a motor vehicle.

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Georgia

No State-imposed liability for hosting underage drinking parties.

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