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Liquor Store Application Kit (Series 09)

The liquor store (series 9) license is a "quota" license available only through the Arizona Liquor License Lottery or for purchase on the open market. When you have identified a liquor store (series 9) license for sale on the open market, your application will need to include The Arizona Statement of Citizenship and Alien Status For State Public Benefits Form (AKA Aliens Status Form). Beginning April 1, 2009, this Federal- and State-required form must be completed by;

  1. statutory agents;
  2. individual owners including Joint Tenants With Right of Survivorship (JTWROS); and
  3. each partner (who is a person) in a partnership including general and limited partners. This does not include corporations which are partners.
  4. To help you complete the form are Attachments A & B and frequently asked questions (Alien Status Form FAQs) below.

The liquor store (series 9) license is a "quota" license available only through the Arizona Liquor License Lotteryor for purchase on the open market. Once issued, the liquor store (series 9) license allows a spirituous liquor store retailer to sell all spirituous liquors, only in the original unbroken package, to be taken away from the premises of the retailer and consumed off the premises (off-sale). A retail licensee with off-sale privileges may deliver spirituous liquor off of the licensed premises in connection with a retail sale. Payment must be made no later than the time of delivery.

Series 9 (liquor store) license applicants may apply for unlimited sampling privileges by completing the Sampling Privileges form. The Sampling Privileges form will require approval from local governing bodies; therefore the 105 day issuance timeframe will apply. Upon approval of Sampling Privileges, a new license with a "series 9S" designation will be issued to the licensee for display in a conspicuous, public area. The "series 9S" sampling privileges are not transferrable. Upon owner or location transfer of a series 9 (liquor store) license, all sampling privileges cease and the new owner of the series 9 (liquor store) license must apply for sampling privileges. "Series 9S" (liquor store with sampling privileges) licensees are required to comply with sampling regulations detailed in A.R.S.§4-206.01(J), 1 - 8. All other sampling may be conducted upon approval of a DLLC Sampling Request form, and compliance with A.R.S.§4-243(B) and R19-1-228 is required. Reference A.R.S.§4-206.01(J)

ADDITIONAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The retailer must complete a state-approved Record of Delivery form for each spirituous liquor retail delivery. Applicants, licensees, and managers must take a Title 4 training course (liquor handling, laws and regulations) prior to approval. A licensee acting as a retail agent, authorized to purchase and accept delivery of spirituous liquor by other licensees, must receive a certificate of registration from the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. A pregnancy warning sign for pregnant women consuming spirituous liquor must be posted within twenty (20) feet of the cash register or at point of display. An Employee Log must be kept by the licensee of all persons employed at the premises including each employee's name, date and place of birth, address and responsibilities.

ARIZONA STATUTES AND REGULATIONS:A.R.S. §ARS 4-201, 4-202, 4-203, 4-206.01, 4-209(B)(9), 4-209(D)(9), 4-222, 4-261; Rule R19-1-235; R19-1-121.

Application Fees:

This is a quota license, which means there are no "new" Series 09 licenses available. It must be purchased privately and the price is based on availability in the county. Once a Series 09 has been purchased, the buyer must apply for a transfer to have the license put in his or her name at the same or another location.

Average Approval Time: Sixty-five (65) to one-hundred five (105) days.
Period of Issuance: One (1) year with option to renew.
Non-refundable person (ownership) fee: $100.00
Non-refundable location transfer fee: $100.00
Fingerprint fee per card: $22.00 Finger Print Services
Interim Permit fee (not permitted for location transfer): $100.00
Fees Due Upon Approval:
Final fees for a person (ownership) transfer: $300.00
Final fees for a location transfer: $100.00
Final fees for a person/location transfer: $400.00
Annual renewal fee (includes surcharge): $120.00