Last Updated: February 25, 2018


DTC Permit
  • Required: Yes
  • Fee: $350 – $1,500 initial permit
  • Expiration:1 yr from issue date
  • Bond:Yes

Sales Tax

  • Required: Yes
  • State:6.25%
  • Local:No
  • Tax on Shipping:see Additional Information below

Excise Tax

  • Required: Yes
  • Wine < 20%: $1.39/gal
  • Wine ≥ 20%: $8.55/gal

Volume Limit

Limits per Winery
  • 12 cases per person per calendar year


  • Required:Yes
  • Sales Tax:Monthly by the 15th
  • Excise Tax:Monthly by the 15th
  • Record Retention: At least 3 years

Product Requirements

Label Registration Required
  • Labels approved for wholesale distribution must be resubmitted and approved for direct-to-consumer
  • No Fee
Product Restrictions
  • ONLY wines produced by the permittee may be sold and shipped to consumers

Additional Information

As of June 1, 2008, wineries must have an approved Illinois direct-to-consumer shipper’s permit. The permit fee varies according to the annual production level of the applicant. Wineries with permits are able to ship up to 12 cases to a consumer during a calendar year.

  • Shipping charges are taxable. However, wineries that offer the option to purchasers to pick up the wine at the winery/tasting room are exempt from charging taxes on shipping.
  • Every applicant is required to obtain a bond for $1000 or 2x its estimated tax liability, whichever amount is greater and register any brands they intend to ship. A bond may be waived after two years.
  • The permit fee is a tiered structured based on the license holder’s annual production during a calendar year.

Effective January 1, 2017 a winery shipper’s license holder submit the name and address of all third party providers authorized to ship wine on behalf of the license holder when renewing their license or applying for their initial license. A third party provider is any party, except a common carrier, which is authorized to ship wine on behalf of a licensed winery.

New Illinois DTC Report Due Feb. 1

January 26, 2018

Wineries are reminded that the Illinois direct shipping law was amended, effective Jan. 1, 2017, to require third-party providers shipping wine on behalf of an Illinois direct-to-consumer (DTC) licensee to file an annual statement with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC). The statement must detail each shipment made to an Illinois consumer on behalf of … Read More ⟶


Illinois Liquor Control Commission
101 W. Jefferson St., 3-525
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 782-2136
Fax: (217) 524-1911
Illinois Department of Revenue
PO Box 19019
Springfield, IL 19019
Phone: (217) 782-6045
Alt. Phone: (217) 782-3336