Mississippi Minor in Possession Laws

Online Alcohol Class offers the most comprehensive online MIP instruction available in Mississippi. 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 call our offices to inquire about the MIP laws in Mississippi. As a courtesy, we've compiled the laws from every U.S. state and listed them below.

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

Mississippi Minor In Possession Laws

Mississippi Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • private location
  • OR parent/guardian

Notes: Mississippi's Parent/Guardian exception applies to those persons at least 18 years old and only for possession of light wine or beer. The Location exception is not limited to persons between 18 and 21, and only applies to alcoholic beverages, not including light wine or beer.

Mississippi Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is not explicitly prohibited.

Notes: Mississippi's Parent/Guardian exception applies to those persons at least 18 years old and only for consumption of light wine or beer.

Mississippi Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Mississippi Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Mississippi

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • parent/guardian
  • OR spouse

Notes: Mississippi's Parent/Guardian and Spouse exception applies to those persons at least 18 years old and only for furnishing of light wine or beer.

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Mississippi

Beer: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders

Wine: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders

Spirits: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Alcohol Sellers in Mississippi

Beer: 21

Wine: 21

Spirits: 21

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Mississippi

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

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

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

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Mississippi Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required.

Mississippi 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 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: Not Specified
  • Maximum: 90 days

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Mississippi

No State-imposed liability for hosting underage drinking parties.

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