AL ABC Board Simplifies DTC Application Process

The Alabama ABC Board has published a new Direct Wine Shipper pre-application and required document checklist. The new forms require less information and provide for a simpler application process.

Changes of primary consequence include:

  • The removal of the requirement to provide proof of liquor liability insurance for all applicants.
  • Only individuals with 10% or more ownership interest in the applying entity are now required to provide detailed personal information and identification and proof of citizenship documents.
  • Every person with less than 10% interest in the applying entity must submit a notarized affidavit.

Members should also note that the requirement of registration with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office is no longer required for wholly out-of-state entities. There is an initial Direct Wine Shipper application fee of $200 with subsequent renewals costing $150 per year. All direct wine shipper licenses expire annually on September 30th. More information about the application process is available on the Alabama DTC page on Wine Institute’s website.