Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Posting of Signs.


§ 25–711. Posting and carrying of licenses.

(a)(1) The holder of a license to manufacture, sell, or permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages shall post the license in the licensed establishment.

(2) If a settlement agreement or security plan is a part of the license, the license shall be marked "settlement agreement" or "security plan" or both.

(3)(A) Upon request, a licensee shall make a copy of the settlement agreement and the security plan immediately accessible to an ABRA official or an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department.

(B) Upon request, a licensee shall make a copy of the settlement agreement immediately accessible to a member of the public. A licensee shall not be required to disclose its security plan to anyone other than an ABRA official or an officer of the Metropolitan Police Department.

(b) The licensee under a retail license, manufacturer's license, or a club license, shall post, in a conspicuous place on the front window or front door of the licensee’s premises, the correct name or names of the licensee or licensees and the class and number of the license in plain and legible lettering not less than one inch nor more than 1.25 inches in height.

(c) A licensee under a temporary license shall have the license available for inspection by any member of the Board, employee of the Board, or member of the Metropolitan Police Department during the event for which the license was issued.

(d) A licensee under a solicitor’s license shall, while soliciting orders, carry the license upon his or her person and shall exhibit the license, upon request, to any member of the Board, employee of the Board, or member of the Metropolitan Police Department.

(e) A licensee under a manager’s license shall, while managing a licensed establishment, carry the license upon his or her person and shall exhibit the license, upon request, to any member of the Board, employee of the Board, or member of the Metropolitan Police Department.

(f) While managing or working at a licensed establishment, the owner or licensed manager of a retailer's, manufacturer's, or wholesaler's license shall carry a valid identification document on his or her person and shall show the identification document, upon request, to an ABRA investigator or a member of the Metropolitan Police Department.


(May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-310, § 2(x), 60 DCR 3410; Apr. 7, 2017, D.C. Law 21-260, § 2(f)(1), 64 DCR 2079; Feb. 21, 2020, D.C. Law 23-50, § 2(b)(4), 67 DCR 9.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-310 substituted “settlement agreement” for “voluntary agreement” throughout (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of (a), see § 2(x) of the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-597, January 14, 2013, 60 DCR 1001).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(x) of the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-52, April 22, 2013, 60 DCR 6372, 20 DCSTAT 1388).

Editor's Notes

Section 2(d)(1) of D.C. Law 23-54 attempted to amend this section, however, the language it attempted to amend was previously changed by section 2(b)(4) of D.C. Law 23-50.


§ 25–712. Warning signs regarding dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy required.

(a) A licensees shall post in a conspicuous place, in accordance with regulations, a sign which reads: “Warning: Drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy can cause birth defects.”.

(b) If the Board determines that action in addition to that required by subsection (a) of this section is necessary to accomplish the objectives of this title, the Board may require additional warnings.

(c) The Board shall prepare the signs and make them available at no charge to licensees.

(d) Each day of noncompliance shall constitute a separate violation of this section.

(e) A violation of this section shall be punishable as a secondary tier violation.

(f) This section shall not apply to the holder of a wholesaler’s license that is not open to the public.


(Jan. 24, 1934, ch. 4, § 47; as added Nov. 19, 1985, D.C. Law 6-57, § 2, 32 DCR 5722; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-201, § 5(c), 55 DCR 6289; May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-270, § 2(e)(3), 62 DCR 1866.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-712.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-201 added subsec. (f).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-270 rewrote (e).


§ 25–713. Retail licensee required to post current legal drinking age and notice of requirement to produce valid identification displaying proof of age.

A retail licensee shall post a notice, maintained in good repair and in a place clearly visible from the point of entry to the establishment, stating:

(1) The minimum age required for the purchases of an alcoholic beverage; and

(2) The obligation of the patron to produce a valid identification document displaying proof of legal drinking age.


(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 331, ch. 4, § 20; Aug. 27, 1935, 49 Stat. 901, ch. 756, § 10; June 29, 1953, 67 Stat. 104, ch. 159, § 404(g); 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), 33 DCR 7654; Mar. 7, 1987, D.C. Law 6-217, § 12, 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.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-713.

1973 Ed., § 25-121.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of § 25-714, see § 2(d)(2) of Games of Skill Consumer Protection Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-229, Feb. 27, 2020, 0 DCR 0).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) creation of § 25-714, see § 2(d)(2) of Games of Skill Consumer Protection Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-93, May 6, 2020, 67 DCR 3522).