Maine Minor in Possession Laws

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

Please note that the Maine MIP laws displayed below are meant to assist help you to understand your local Maine laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of Maine MIP laws, but we do not guarantee its accuracy. This information is not a replacement for legal advice from a lawyer. It is in your best interest that you find a qualified lawyer for more information about Maine MIP laws.

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Maine Minor In Possession Laws

Maine Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Maine Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Maine Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Maine Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Maine

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Maine

Beer: 17 for both servers and bartenders

Wine: 17 for both servers and bartenders

Spirits: 17 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

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Alcohol Sellers in Maine

Beer: 17

Wine: 17

Spirits: 17

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

  • Manager/supervisor is present

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Maine

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
  • No statutory affirmative defense - statutes do not provide an affirmative defense related to retailer's belief that the minor was 21 years of age or older

Notes: In Maine, the Provisions Targeting Suppliers apply to acts prohibited by minors. The more general laws that address adults are not collected here as they are not, for APIS purposes, specific to the lending, transfer, sale, or production of false identification for a minor's obtaining alcoholic beverages.

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

BAC limit: 0.00 - any detectable alcohol in the blood is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation.

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Maine Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition: at least 7.75 gallons

Prohibited:

  • Possessing an unregistered, unlabeled keg - max. fine/jail: $500
  • Destroying the label on a keg - max. fine/jail: $1000 or 6 months

Purchaser information collected:

  • Purchaser's name and address

Warning information to purchaser: passive - no purchaser action required. Deposit required: $0. Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs

Maine Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

No use/lose law.

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Maine

Social host law is not specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession Consumption

Property type(s) covered by liability law:

  • Residence
  • Outdoor
  • Other

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

Exception(s):

  • Family

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