Alcohol delivery is here to stay in Texas. To make sure it is done safely and within the law, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has new training course available for alcohol delivery drivers.
Students of the course can learn critical best practices related to the safe delivery of alcohol, including checking a delivery area’s wet/dry status, checking customer identification and ensuring alcohol is not delivered to an intoxicated person.
Businesses whose drivers are certified through the program could be eligible for some protection from liabilities in the event that a driver violates the law, which is similar to the “safe harbor” law available at brick-and-mortar alcohol retailers.
“As the state’s regulator of alcohol, it’s critically important that we help drivers and their employers make the best choices when it comes to selling and delivering alcohol safely and within the guidelines established by the Texas Legislature,” said TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles.
Employees or contractors of businesses that hold a TABC Consumer Delivery permit are eligible for the Texas Responsible Alcohol Delivery certification.
The online-only course can be taken through the TABC website. The cost for a two-year certification is $25 per person.
This new video from TABC provides insight for best practices when delivering alcohol.
Gov. Greg Abbott began allowing delivery of alcohol with food orders back in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.