Code of the District of Columbia

§ 25–784. Sale or distribution of beverages by minor prohibited.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a licensee shall not allow any person under 21 years of age to sell, give, furnish, or distribute an alcoholic beverage.

(b) A licensee may allow an employee who is 18 years of age or older to sell, serve, deliver, or pour an alcoholic beverage on the licensed premises; provided, that no employee under 21 years of age shall serve as a bartender.


(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 331, ch. 4, §§ 20, 25; Aug. 27, 1935, 49 Stat. 901, ch. 756, §§ 10, 12; June 29, 1953, 67 Stat. 104, ch. 159, § 404(g); Dec. 8, 1970, 84 Stat. 1393, Pub. L. 91-535, § 3(b); Sept. 29, 1982, D.C. Law 4-157, § 12, 29 DCR 3617; Sept. 26, 1984, D.C. Law 5-106, § 2, 31 DCR 3381; Feb. 24, 1987, D.C. Law 6-178, § 2(a), (b), 33 DCR 7654; Mar. 7, 1987, D.C. Law 6-217, §§ 12, 13, 34 DCR 907; Sept. 11, 1993, D.C. Law 10-12, § 2(c), 40 DCR 4020; May 24, 1994, D.C. Law 10-122, § 2(i), 41 DCR 1658; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-165, § 2(f)(10), 65 DCR 9366.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-784.

1973 Ed., § 25-121.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 25-781.