Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

 The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regulates the manufacture, distribution, sale, and transportation of all alcoholic beverages in New Jersey. ABC’s statutory mission is to regulate and control the alcoholic beverage industry in order to foster moderation and responsibility in consumption of alcoholic beverages, to protect the citizens of New Jersey by assuring lawful, proper, and fair trade practices to maintain the stability of the industry, and protect the collection of state taxes imposed on alcoholic beverages.

Online Licenses & Permits

POSSE Online License, Permit and Brand Registration Applications


Advisories, Notices, Orders and Special Rulings

ABC Handbooks

For Retail Licensees and Municipal Clerks

ABC Emergency Trip Permit

No in person visits to ABC offices are permitted without an appointment. ABC staff will be available for telephone or video conferences. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to make payments due to ABC by E-check or credit card.

Intoxicated Driver Last Drink Report

ABC Alerts


Important Notice from ABC Concerning Ad Interim Permits for 2023-2024 License Term

If a licensee is unable to complete the renewal process or municipality is unable to act on a renewal by June 30, 2023, the licensee must apply for an Ad Interim Permit.  The application will be available beginning June 13, 2023 only at POSSE online.  Failure to submit a complete application online and pay all required fees will result in rejection of the application. Under no circumstances will the Division accept a paper application for an Ad Interim Permit.  If you have any questions about the Ad Interim procedure, please contact Johnette Rainier at (609) 376-9817.  For information on tax clearance contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation at (609) 322-6323 or abcclearance.public@treas.nj.gov.

Notice Requesting Comment on ABC’s Proposed Prescribed Template for Current Price List Filings.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is requesting your comments on ABC’s proposed prescribed template for the Current Price Listing (CPL) pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:2-26.4(a)(4).  Comments, if any, are due by July 5, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact DAG Andrew Sapolnick at andrew.sapolnick@njoag.gov.  The Notice can be viewed here.

Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permits (Update October 28, 2022):

On August 3, 2022, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2022, c. 85, which automatically extends the expiration date of any Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit issued by the Division to November 30, 2024.  If a licensee possesses a Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit, no renewal application is required.  A copy of the Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit certificate (with the November 30, 2024 expiration date) has been emailed to each permit-holding licensee.  In accordance with the new law, municipalities may file an objection to the continued operation of the permit with the Division.

New Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permits require municipal zoning pre-approval pursuant to P.L. 2021, c. 15 before an application for a Covid-19 Expansion of Premise permit can be considered by ABC.

See Administrative Order 2022-04 for more information on the Covid-19 Expansion of Premise Permit and the Open Container Area Law, P.L. 2021, c. 395

Communications Update

ATTENTION – E-Mail is the preferred method to communicate with ABC. In-person visits to ABC offices are discouraged and none are permitted without an appointment. ABC staff are available by email and telephone. Applicants and licensees are encouraged to communicate by email. Payments due to ABC should be made by E-check or credit card. If you have a question or need information, send an email to ABCpublic@njoag.gov for a prompt reply. 

ABC subscribes to a telephone translation service. If English is not your first language, please tell the ABC representative that you would like a translator. You will be asked to provide the language and/or dialect of your choice. You will be placed on hold for a short time in order to allow ABC to contact the translation service.

Many ABC services are available through POSSE, the ABC on-line licensing system. Applications available on POSSE must be submitted on line. If you need assistance with passwords, online access codes, or any technical POSSE issue, please send an email to posseadmin@njoag.gov with your license number and POSSE user ID and a brief description of the problem. If you call by phone, it may take longer to resolve your issue.

Seasonal Farm Market Permits

Applications for the Daily and Seasonal Farm Market permits are now available for certain manufacturing licensees (limited brewery, restricted brewery, farm winery, plenary winery, craft distillery, cidery and meadery) and must be filed on-line through POSSENo paper applications will be accepted.  The clerk and the police chief will be notified through POSSE when the application is filed, however, no action by municipal officials is required. Details are available at SR 2021-01 or contact the Counsel to the Director’s Office at (609) 984-2830.

Recent News

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Notices Limited Brewery Licensees and Temporary Permit Holders Concerning License Renewals for 2023-2024 Term

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2023 Office of The Attorney General- Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney GeneralDivision of Alcoholic Beverage Control- James Graziano, DirectorFor Further Information: Media Inquiries-OAGpress@njoag.govRenewal Notice TRENTON – In a notice...

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