ChoicePoint Approved By MLCC

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission released an Administrative Order August 9, 2006 approving ChoicePoint as a Certified Age Verification Service. Wineries with an approved Direct Shipper’s License for Michigan are required to obtain a copy of the consumer’s photo ID or use an approved Age Verification Service before shipping the wine directly to the consumer. […]

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Missouri Transitions From Reciprocal To Permit State

The Governor of Missouri has signed SB 299 transitioning Missouri from a reciprocal state to a permit state. The new permit law requires all wineries to obtain a direct shipping permit before shipping wine to Missouri consumers. There is no fee for the direct shipping permit and it must be renewed annually. Wineries with an […]

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North Dakota Updates Direct Shipping Forms

North Dakota has updated its Direct Shipping License Application and Alcohol Liquor Tax Report. Wineries are now required to file the direct shipping license application and renewal form electronically. The license must be renewed annually by January 1. Wineries that are unable to file the license application electronically may request permission to file paper reports […]

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West Virginia Direct Shipping Permits Available

The West Virginia Direct Shipper Application, instructions and tax forms are now available on the Wine Institute website. Effective June 8, 2007 wineries are required to have a Direct Shipper’s License to ship wine to a resident of West Virginia. Wineries must complete the Direct Wine Shipper Application and pay a license fee of $150 […]

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West Virginia ABC Letter Clarification

There has been some confusion over the supplier-distributor agreements referenced in the May 3, 2007 letter to Licensees from Marilyn Smith, Director of the West Virginia Wine & Spirits Administrations. The following clarification has been made with the West Virginia ABC during conversations with WI staff: 1) Members who currently have written agreements that provide […]

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New Hampshire Updates Direct Shipper Permit Application

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission has updated their Direct Shipper Permit Application. Changes to the application consist of updating the NH Liquor Commission Bureau of Enforcement mailing address and making changes to the letterhead. The updated application has a shield in the upper left-hand corner and contact information for Chief Eddie Edwards below. The […]

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Maryland Governor Signs Limited Self-Distribution Bill

On April 25, 2006, Bob Governor Ehrlich signed legislation that was passed in response to a legal challenge of the existing self-distribution laws in Maryland. Under the new statute, Maryland wineries under 27,500 gallons may continue to self-distribute by obtaining a “Class 6 Limited Wine Wholesaler’s License” for their winery premise, or for another premise […]

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New Direct Shipping Tax Software Available for Members

Wine Institute has a new Sales and Excise Tax Tool available for members. The Tax Tool was developed by ShipCompliant and it is a direct response to member requests for help in complying with the increasingly complex direct shipping requirements. Members can access the Tax Tool via a password protected web site. The software allows […]

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Direct Shipping Permit Applications for Hawaii Available

Effective January 1, 2007 wineries will need an approved Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit to ship directly to consumers in Hawaii. Each of the 4 counties (Kauai, Maui, Honolulu and Hawaii) in the state of Hawaii has a separate application, application fee and reporting requirements. The annual permit fee for the County of Kauai, County of […]

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Rhode Island Launches New Online Compliance System

Rhode Island has launched a new online label and brand registration renewal system which enables wineries to renew their alcohol beverage label registration and apply for a Certificate of Compliance for the transport of alcohol beverage into the state of Rhode Island. (The website expedites compliance for winery/distributor transactions, not direct-to-consumer sales.) Wineries will soon […]

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