New Hampshire Minor in Possession Laws

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

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

New Hampshire Minor In Possession Laws

New Hampshire Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

New Hampshire Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is not explicitly prohibited.

New Hampshire Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

New Hampshire Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in New Hampshire

Furnishing is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in New Hampshire

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 New Hampshire

Beer: 16

Wine: 16

Spirits: 16

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

  • Manager/supervisor is present

Notes: To act as a cashier in a selling capacity, a minor is required to be at least 16 years of age, providing a person at least 18 years of age is in attendance and is designated in charge of the employees and business.

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in New Hampshire

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
  • Specific affirmative defense - the retailer inspected the false ID and came to a reasonable conclusion based on its appearance that it was valid
  • Retailer has the statutory right to sue a minor who uses a false ID to purchase alcohol for any losses or fines suffered by the retailer as a result of the illegal sale

Notes: In New Hampshire, the prohibition against the use of a false ID for purchasing alcoholic beverages applies to persons less than 21 years of age. Before January 1, 2003, the denial of driving privileges as a penalty for violating this prohibition only applied to persons less than 18 years of age. After January 1, 2003, the denial of driving privileges applies to those under 21 years of age.

New Hampshire Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits: Youth (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.

New Hampshire Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition: more than 7 gallons

Prohibited:

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

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: $

Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs

New Hampshire 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

  • Discretionary

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: 90 days
  • Maximum: 365 days

Notes: Although New Hampshire does not authorize a Use / Lose penalty for all underage consumption, a law that became effective on January 1, 2003, imposes a discretionary license sanction on minors who are "intoxicated by consumption of an alcoholic beverage," and provides that an alcohol concentration "of .02 or more shall be prima facie evidence of intoxication.” See N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 179:10(I), 263:56-b.

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in New Hampshire

Social host law is specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Intention Possession Consumption

Property type(s) covered by liability law:

  • Residence
  • Outdoor
  • Other

Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: OVERT ACT - host must have actual knowledge and commit an act that contributes to the occurrence

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

Exception(s):

  • Family

Notes: In New Hampshire, an "underage alcohol house party" means a gathering of five or more people under the age of 21 at any occupied structure, dwelling, or curtilage, where at least one person under the age of 21 unlawfully possesses or consumes an alcoholic beverage. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if he or she owns or has control of the occupied structure, dwelling, or curtilage where an underage alcohol house party is held and he or she knowingly commits an overt act in furtherance of the occurrence of the underage alcohol house party knowing persons under the age of 21 possess or intend to consume alcoholic beverages. The "preventive action" provision in New Hampshire allows the defendant to avoid criminal liability by establishing, as an affirmative defense, that he or she took preventive action with respect to the underage alcohol house party.

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