New Jersey Minor in Possession Laws

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

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

New Jersey Minor In Possession Laws

New Jersey Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private location

New Jersey Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private location

New Jersey Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

New Jersey 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 Jersey

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian

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

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 Sellers of Alcohol in New Jersey

Beer: 18

Wine: 18

Spirits: 18

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in New Jersey

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

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

BAC limit: 0.01 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation.

Applies to drivers under age 21.

New Jersey Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required.

New Jersey 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

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in New Jersey

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

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: 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


  • Family

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