Online Alcohol Class offers the most comprehensive underage consumption instruction available in South Carolina. We offer Level 1 (8 hour), Level 2 (16 hour), and Level 3 (24 hour) web-based Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption Courses.
Often students call our offices to inquire about the MIP laws in South Carolina. As a courtesy, we've compiled the laws from every state and listed them below.
Please note that the South Carolina MIP laws shown on this page are intended to assist help you to understand your local South Carolina laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of South Carolina minor in possession laws, but we do not 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 a qualified lawyer for more information about South Carolina minor in possession laws.
Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):
Consumption is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.
Internal possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):
Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes.
Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):
There is an affirmative defense if the minor is not charged.
Notes: South Carolina's Parent / Guardian and Spouse exceptions apply when the alcohol is furnished in the home of the spouse or in the home of the parent or guardian. See S.C. Code Ann. §§ 61-4-90, 61-6-4070 and 61-6-4075.
Notes: Although no minimum age is specified to sell beer and wine at off-sale establishments licensed to sell beer and wine, an employee of a retail liquor establishment must be at least 21 years of age.
Provision(s) targeting minors:
Provision(s) targeting retailers: - Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older - No statutory affirmative defense - statutes do not provide an affirmative defense related to retailer's belief that the minor was 21 years of age or older
Notes: See also Affirmative Defense: Minor Not Charged in the Furnishing Alcohol to Minors policy topic.
BAC limit: 0.02 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation
Applies to drivers age 0 or above
Applies to drivers under age 21
Purchaser information collected:
Warning information to purchaser: active – purchaser action required (e.g., signature)
Deposit: not required
Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs
Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:
Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21
Authority to impose driver's license sanction
Length of suspension/revocation: 120 days
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:
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