How to Obtain a Liquor License in Oklahoma

How to Obtain a Liquor License in Oklahoma
Here's a guide to help you understand the requirements for getting a liquor license in Oklahoma.
by Chidinma Nnamani Jun 14, 2022 — 3 min read
How to Obtain a Liquor License in Oklahoma

This article is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal or tax advice. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

If you’re planning to start a business that sells alcohol in Oklahoma, you’ll need to obtain the applicable liquor license(s). Licenses are issued by the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission, and it’s important to understand the requirements for getting one.

Getting a liquor license is usually worth the hassle, even if you own a restaurant. For example, selling alcoholic beverages can not only help you attract more customers to your restaurant, but it can also increase your revenue. Restaurant profit margins for drinks can be as high as 80% based on pour cost; for bars, the margins can be up to 200%

Here’s a guide to help you understand the requirements for getting a liquor license in Oklahoma.

Steps to apply for a liquor license in Oklahoma

1. Determine the type of license you need

Licenses differ based on the type of alcohol you intend to sell and where you want to sell them — on-premises or off-premises. You can serve beer, wine, spirits, all, or a combination of the three.

The most common licenses for restaurants, bars, and grocery stores are:

2. Fill out the application form

Once you’ve determined the license type you need, fill out the general application form. You may also need to fill out an immigration affidavit form

The supporting documentation required depends on the license type. A Sales Tax Permit from the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) is usually required for all applications. If you plan to sell mixed beverages, you may also need a Mixed Beverage Tax Permit. Other tax permits may also be required, depending on your county. 

Additional documentation may be required, depending on your business and license type. For example, if you’re serving food on-premises, you’ll need a food service license. A food establishment inspection will also be conducted as part of the process.

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3. Obtain a certificate of compliance

A certificate of compliance is required for all license applications in Oklahoma. This document is used to determine your compliance with Oklahoma City codes relating to zoning, fire, safety, and health. Supporting documentation required is:

4. Pay the appropriate fees

Fees vary depending on the type of alcoholic drinks and business type. The full list can be accessed here.  

For example, licenses for spirits are generally more expensive than those for beer and wine. The initial fee for an on-premise beer and wine license is $500 while that for retail spirits is $905. 

5. Submit your application

Once you’ve completed all forms and paid the necessary fees, the final step is to submit your application — online, via post, or in person. Approval times vary depending on the license type and if you’ve provided all the necessary supporting documents. 

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Tips to avoid losing your liquor license

Getting a liquor license is only the first step. You must also abide by the rules regarding your license to avoid losing it. For starters, you must renew your license each year and adhere to the general rules:

There may be other specific laws applicable to your license type, such as closing hours. See the Oklahoma Beverage Control Act for more information on license prohibitions, restrictions, and penalties. Get familiar with the details and take the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

Chidinma Nnamani
Chidinma Nnamani writes about the food industry, digital marketing, and technology — and explores the fine spaces where they intersect. She works with B2B startups and agencies, helping them deliver clear, actionable, and insightful content for business audiences.


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