Missouri Minor in Possession Laws

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

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

Missouri Minor In Possession Laws

Missouri Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Missouri Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is not explicitly prohibited.

Missouri Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Missouri Underage Purchase of Alcohol

Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes.

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Missouri

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • parent/guardian

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Missouri

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 Missouri

Beer: 18

Wine: 18

Spirits: 18

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 Missouri

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
  • It is a criminal offense to manufacture or distribute a false ID

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 Youth Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles in Missouri

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

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Missouri Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition: four gallons or more

Purchaser information collected:

  • purchaser's name and address
  • verified by a government-issued ID

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

Deposit required: $50

Provisions specifically address disposable kegs

Notes: Although Missouri 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.

Missouri 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: 30 days

Notes: Although Missouri does not authorize a Use / Lose penalty for all underage consumption, a law that became effective on August 28, 2005 imposes the mandatory license sanction on an underage person who “has a detectable blood alcohol content of more than two-hundredths of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in such person's blood.” See Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 311.325(1), 577.500(2).

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Missouri

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

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

Exception(s):

  • Family

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