How old do I have to be to bartend?

The minimum age for bartending is between 18-21 depending on the state, and in some cases the city or county, in which you bartend.

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Age Minimum for bartending, state-by-state

While some states allow full or limited bartending duties at age 18, others require bartenders to be 19 or 21 years old.

Below is a list of states and their minimum bartending age. While we have researched this information, always verify minimum ages before bartending to make sure you don't violate the law.

Also note that some cities and counties within these states might have more restrictive rules. In other words, you might have to be older than the state minimum.

Alabama -21
Alaska - 21
Arizona - 19
Arkansas 21
California - 21
Colorado - 18
Connecticut - 18
Delaware - 21
Florida - 18
Georgia - 18
Hawaii - 18
Idaho - 19
Illinois - 18
Indiana - 21
Iowa - 18
Kansas - 21
Kentucky - 21
Louisiana - 18
Maine - 18
Maryland - 18
Massachusetts - 18
Michigan - 18
Minnesota - 18
Mississippi - 18
Missouri - 21
Montana - 21
Nebraska - 19
Nevada - 21
New Hampshire - 18
New Jersey - 18
New Mexico - 21
New York - 18
North Carolina - 21
North Dakota - 21
Ohio - 21
Oklahoma - 21
Oregon - 21
Pennsylvania - 18
Rhode Island - 18
South Carolina - 21
South Dakota - 18
Tennessee - 18
Texas - 18
Utah - 21
Vermont - 18
Virginia - 21
Washington - 21
Washington DC - 21
West Virginia - 18
Wisconsin - 18
Wyoming - 21