How Do I Renew My Texas Liquor License?

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As a busy business owner, it can be easy to forget that your Texas liquor license or permit must be renewed with the state every two years. Fortunately, the Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission (TABC) will mail you a postcard to your address on file with your “renew by” date.

 However, this postcard is often overlooked by Texas liquor license or permit holders. It is critically important that you renew on time, and it’s the permit holders’ responsibility to stay on top of the process. If you don’t, your permit will be canceled.

Where Can I Renew My Texas Liquor License?

Permit or license holders can renew by mail, in-person at the local TABC office, or online — which is the preferred method. Eventually, the TABC will phase out the mail and in-person forms, requiring permit holders to complete the process entirely online.

The TABC implemented an online service to easily renew liquor licenses or permits without having to go into the TABC office or mail in any paperwork. However, this service is currently only available if all the information and ownership for the permit has remained unchanged. If any changes have occurred, you must inform the TABC using the appropriate TABC form.

While it’s not advised, permit holders can mail-in their renewal form, fee, and bond to the following address:

Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission

P.O. Box 13127

Austin, Texas, 78711-3127

What Information Is Needed for a Renewal?

One of the first steps for a liquor license renewal is to review basic information about your establishment to be prepared to answer the online questions.

Make sure you have the following information at hand:

  • Trade Name

  • Ownership

  • Mailing and location addresses

  • Contact information

  • License or permit number and issue date

  • Bond information (if applicable)

  • Last 12 months of sales data (i.e., alcohol sales, food sales, other sales, and total sales)

  • Disclosure of any reason why the applicant or any individuals associated with the permit may be disqualified from holding a TABC permit

As you collect this information, if you identify any item that has changed, stop!  You cannot renew online. You must either renew in person (recommended) or by mail and attach additional TABC forms detailing the changes.

What If Changes Were Made to My Texas Liquor License?

Generally, if changes have occurred since your permit was acquired or last renewed, you must inform the TABC. Mailing address changes can be made on the renewal forms or online, but any other changes require additional forms.

If you need to provide the TABC updated information at renewal time, complete the renewal form that corresponds to your permit. When asked if there have been changes, indicate “Yes” and give a brief description. Then, complete the appropriate form detailing the changes — either the TABC Form L-LRC or L-BRC. Look for a step-by-step guide to completing these change forms in an upcoming blog.

Again, the online renewal option is not available in this circumstance, so you will have to submit your renewal either in person or via mail.

Do I Need a Bond?

Additionally, you will need to determine whether you need a bond. Certain retail establishments may need a Conduct Surety Bond or Performance Bond. Conduct Surety Bonds are required by retailers without a Food and Beverage Certificate. A Performance Bond is required for retailers who hold a Beer Retailer’s On-Premise License or a Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit but do not have a Food and Beverage Certificate.For more information on bond requirements, visit the TABC website or contact your local TABC office.

What Is the Cost for a Liquor License Renewal?

License and permit holders are required to pay fees and surcharges, which are listed on the TABC fee chart. When permit holders log in for the online renewal, the amounts due are already listed.

Some permits, like the Mixed Beverage Permit or Mixed Beverage Restaurant Permit, offer reduced renewal fees over time.

Mixed Beverage Permit Renewal Fees:

Renewal

State Fee

Surcharge

Total

First Renewal

$4,500

$602

$5,102

Second Renewal

$3,000

$602

$3,602

Third & Subsequent

$1,500

$602

$2,102


Please note, additional fees may be assessed by your city or county. As a Texas liquor license or permit holder, it is your responsibility to contact these authorities to determine what amounts, if any, may be due and pay those fees. Failure to pay fees due to the city or county may result in administrative action against your license or permit by the Commission.

How Do I Pay?

To pay for the surcharges and fees, you can send payment by mail or in-person with cashier’s check, money order, or a company check made payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts (personal checks are not accepted). You can also pay online with credit card or through electronic transfer (ACH).

When Must the Renewal Be Submitted?

Renewals must be filed before the expiration date of the liquor license or permit. Otherwise, your license or permit will expire, and you will be required to cease operations immediately. If this happens, you may still submit your renewal for up to 30 days after the expiration date as long as you pay the late fee described below.  It’s always best to renew online, especially if the renewal date is coming up soon.

For any renewals filed after the expiration date, the TABC will charge a $100 late fee for each permit or license, in addition to the usual fees and surcharges. For example, if you are renewing a Mixed Beverage Permit, Food and Beverage Certificate, and Mixed Beverage Late Hours Permit, the late fee is $300.

Consult the Experts

If you need assistance renewing or consultation for maintaining your Texas liquor license or permit, consider working with a liquor licensing service for a seamless experience. A Texas liquor license company can take the process off your hands so that you can focus on running your business.

Want to know what the cost of acquiring a Texas liquor license or permit is in Dallas? We put together a Cost and Budget Summary that represents the fees and costs typically incurred by locations in Dallas. 

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Disclaimer: Nothing in our articles or on our website is legal advice and should not be taken as such. Please address all legal questions to your counsel. While our team is not a law firm, we can refer you as needed.

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