The New York State Liquor Authority announced that the duration of Out-of-State Direct Wine Shipper licenses will change from 1 to 3 years beginning January 1, 2013. The State Liquor Authority decided to extend the duration of wine licenses from 1 to 3 years in order to lessen the amount of time wine licensees must spend on paperwork associated with the renewal of their license. The fee for the 3 year direct shipping license has been adjusted to $375 to reflect the new license term. Currently, wineries pay $125 fee for a direct shipper’s license that is valid from January 1 – December 31 of each year. Wineries renewing their licenses for next year are reminded to pay the adjusted 3 year rate.
Additional information about the decision to extend wine licenses for 3 years is available in the “Duration of Wine Licenses Advisory” issued by the State Liquor Authority on August 29, 2012.