Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VI. Limitations on Container Number, Size, Labeling, and Storage.


§ 25–751. Limitations on container size.

(a) The licensee under an off-premises retailer’s license, class A, may sell and deliver no fewer than 6 miniatures of spirits or wine per purchase.

(b) The licensee under a manufacturer’s license, wholesaler’s license, or an off-premises retailer’s license shall not sell an alcoholic beverage in any container which does not comply with the standards of fill set forth in the most recent regulations issued under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, approved August 29, 1935 (49 Stat. 977; 27 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.).

(c) No person shall sell or deliver in the District alcoholic beverages in containers of a capacity of 1/10 gallon, except the following:

(1) Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, brandy, and rum;

(2) Cordials and liqueurs, cocktails, highballs, gin fizzes, bitters, and similar specialties; or

(3) Domestic and imported still wines and sparking wines.


(May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959.)


§ 25–752. Containers to be labeled.

No rectified or blended spirits shall be sold unless the container in which it is sold shall bear a legible label, firmly affixed, stating the nature and percentage of each ingredient (except water), the age of the ingredient, and the alcoholic content by volume.


(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 336, ch. 4, § 36; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-752.

1973 Ed., § 25-134.


§ 25–753. Keg registration required; procedures specified.

(a) A licensee under an off-premises retailer’s or wholesaler’s license shall not sell any alcoholic beverage in a keg to a consumer without having affixed a registration seal on the keg at the time of sale.

(b) A keg registration seal is a seal, decal, sticker, or other device approved by the Board which is designed to be affixed to kegs and which displays a registration number, name of the licensee offering the keg for sale to the consumer, and any other information required by the Board.

(c) At the point of sale of an alcoholic beverage in a keg, the licensee shall complete a keg declaration of receipt on a form provided by the Board receipt, which receipt shall contain the following information:

(1) Keg registration seal number;

(2) The name and address of the purchaser verified by a valid identification document;

(3) The type and registration number of the identification presented by the purchaser;

(4) A statement signed by the purchaser stating that:

(A) The purchaser is 21 years of age or older;

(B) The purchaser does not intend to allow persons under 21 years of age to consume any of the alcoholic beverage purchased; and

(C) The purchaser will not remove or obliterate the keg registration seal affixed to the keg or allow its removal or obliteration; and

(5) The specific address or location where the alcoholic beverage in the keg will be consumed and the date or dates on which it will be consumed.

(d) Upon return of a registered keg from a consumer, the licensee shall remove or obliterate the keg registration seal and note the removal or obliteration on the keg declaration of receipt form to be retained by the licensee at the licensed establishment. If a keg is made of disposable packaging that does not have to be returned by the consumer to the licensee, the licensee shall indicate on the keg declaration of receipt form that the keg is disposable.

(e) A licensee shall maintain the keg declaration of receipt form on the licensed establishment for 2 years following the date of purchase. These records shall be open at all reasonable times for inspection by the Board, or its authorized representatives, and other law enforcement officers.

(f) This section shall not apply to the wholesale sale of any keg between a wholesaler and a retailer or to the import of any keg by a retailer under this title or regulations promulgated hereunder.


(Jan. 24, 1934, ch. 4, § 48; as added Sept. 11, 1993, D.C. Law 10-12, § 2(e), 40 DCR 4020; May 24, 1994, D.C. Law 10-122, § 2(l), 41 DCR 1658; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-753.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 25-123.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 2(e) of the Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 1993 (D.C. Act 10-24, May 19, 1993, 40 DCR 3405), § 2(e) of the Underage Drinking Congressional Recess Emergency Amendment Act of 1993 (D.C. Act 10-72, July 29, 1993, 40 DCR 5820) and § 2(e) of the Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-236, April 28, 1994, 41 DCR 2601).


§ 25–754. Restrictions on storage of beverages.

(a) Alcoholic beverages shall not be manufactured, kept for sale, or sold by any licensee other than at the licensed establishment; provided, that the Board may permit the storing of beverages upon premises other than the licensed establishment under the following classes of licenses:

(1) Manufacturer’s license;

(2) Wholesaler’s license;

(3) Off-premises retailer’s license, class A;

(4) Common carrier license, class C or D; and

(5) Caterer’s license.

(b) A licensee may not store alcoholic beverages upon premises outside the District.


(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 327, ch. 4, § 13; Aug. 24, 1935, 49 Stat. 900, ch. 756, § 8; Dec. 8, 1970, 84 Stat. 1394, Pub. L. 91-535, § 5; Oct. 26, 1977, D.C. Law 2-27, § 2, 24 DCR 3720; Mar. 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-157, § 2(c), 27 DCR 5117; July 26, 1986, D.C. Law 6-130, § 2, 33 DCR 3405; Mar. 7, 1987, D.C. Law 6-217, § 8, 34 DCR 907; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298,§ 101, 48 DCR 2959.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 25-754.

1973 Ed., § 25-114.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 25-402.