Wisconsin Minor in Possession Laws

Online Alcohol Class offers the most comprehensive underage consumption course available in Wisconsin. We offer Level 1 (8 hour), Level 2 (16 hour), and Level 3 (24 hour) online Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption Classes.

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

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

Wisconsin Minor In Possession Laws

Wisconsin Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian
  • OR spouse

Wisconsin Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian
  • OR spouse

Wisconsin Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited

Wisconsin Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Wisconsin

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian
  • OR spouse

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Wisconsin

Beer: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Wine: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Spirits: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Notes: No person, including a member of the licensee's or permittee's immediate family, other than the licensee, permittee or agent may serve fermented malt or alcohol beverages in any place operated under a Class "A," "Class A," Class "B," "Class B," or "Class C" license or permit unless he or she has an operator's license or is at least 18 years of age and is under the immediate supervision of the licensee, permittee, agent or a person holding an operator's license, who is on the premises at the time of the service. Thus, if an 18-year-old held an operator's license, he or she would not require immediate supervision by a manager or supervisor.

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers of Alcohol in Wisconsin

Beer: 18

Wine: 18

Spirits: 18

Notes: No person, including a member of the licensee's or permittee's immediate family, other than the licensee, permittee or agent may serve fermented malt or alcohol beverages in any place operated under a Class "A," "Class A," Class "B," "Class B," or "Class C" license or permit unless he or she has an operator's license or is at least 18 years of age and is under the immediate supervision of the licensee, permittee, agent or a person holding an operator's license, who is on the premises at the time of the service. Thus, if an 18-year-old held an operator's license he or she would not require immediate supervision by a manager or supervisor.

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Wisconsin

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
  • Retailers are permitted to seize apparently false IDs
  • 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 Wisconsin

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

Applies to drivers under age 21

Wisconsin Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required

Wisconsin Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

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

  • Underage purchase
  • Underage possession
  • Underage consumption

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Discretionary

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: 30 days
  • Maximum: 90 days

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Wisconsin

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

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

Notes: The "preventive action" provision in Wisconsin allows the prosecution to establish guilt by proving that the host failed to take preventive action.

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