Alcohol Compliance

NOTE: This page is for the primary prevention of alcohol misuse and abuse. If you are seeking treatment for current alcohol misuse or abuse please visit  Substance Abuse Treatment.

Compliance Inspections - About The Programs

Montana has two (2) programs that are used to curb alcohol sales to underage persons. Alcohol Reward & Reminder is an educational program and Alcohol Sales Compliance Inspection Program is an enforcement program. The programs are somewhat similar, but they differ in very important ways.

  • Alcohol Reward and Reminder is an educational survey program. It is conducted by private citizens and young looking persons of legal age, specifically 21 and 22 year olds. The purpose of this program is to survey alcohol outlets and see if they are checking for ID’s of any person who could reasonably be younger than 35 years of age. If a server or seller, under program criteria, does not check for an ID, they are given a “Reminder” card that has Montana’s laws printed on it. This reminder helps the server or seller to remember what Montana’s law is so that they do not accidently sell to an underage person. If they ID and refuse to sell alcohol based on the failure to provide an ID, our surveyors will present the clerk with a “Reward” card that enters them into a quarterly drawing for a $100 gift card. They are also thanked for doing a great job by our surveyors. Because this program is educational, there is no possibility for anyone to break the law and specific outlet performance is NEVER reported. Statistics for this program are reported as aggregate data with warnings that the data is reliant on judgment calls of the surveyors.

Taken together, these programs are an important part of Montana’s commitment to decrease the sales and instances of alcohol being sold or served to underage persons.

Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service (RASS) Training

Montana requires alcohol server training from a state-approved program for anyone serving or selling alcohol within 60 days of being hired and renewal training every three years. The Alcohol Education and Training unit teaches about safe and responsible alcohol sales, service, and consumption. The Montana Department of Revenue maintains resources for getting and verifying training, ordering materials, and becoming a trainer.


 Youth Drinking and Driving (February, 2020)

Alcohol Use in Montana (January, 2019)