Oregon Minor in Possession Laws

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

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

Oregon Minor In Possession Laws

Oregon Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Oregon Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Oregon Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Notes: Although Oregon does not prohibit Internal Possession as defined by APIS, it does prohibit "personal possession" of an alcoholic beverage. "Personal possession" includes the "consumption of a bottle of such beverages, or any portion thereof or a drink of such beverages." Or. Rev. Stat. § 471.430

Oregon Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Oregon

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND parent/guardian

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Oregon

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 Alcoholic Beverages in Oregon

Beer: 18

Wine: 18

Spirits: 18

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Oregon

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:

  • State provides incentives to retailers who use electronic scanners that read birthdate and other information digitally encoded on valid identification cards
  • 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

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

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

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Oregon Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition: more than 7 gallons


  • Possessing an unregistered, unlabeled keg - max. fine/jail: $6250 or 1 year

Purchaser information collected:

  • Purchaser's name and address
  • Verified by a government-issued ID
  • Address where keg will be consumed

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

Deposit: not required

Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs

Oregon Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:

  • Underage possession
  • Underage consumption

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation: 365 days

Notes: Whenever a person who is 17 years of age or younger, but not younger than 13 years of age, is convicted of any offense involving the use or abuse of alcohol, the Department of Transportation shall impose a suspension for one year, or until the person so suspended reaches 17 years of age, whichever is longer.

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Oregon

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: KNOWLEDGE - host must have actual knowledge of the occurrence


  • Family

Notes: Oregon's social host provision states that its prohibitions apply only to a person who is present and in control of the location at the time underage consumption occurs.

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