Transporting Alcoholic Beverages in New York State

Transporting Alcoholic Beverages in New York State

For alcoholic beverages to be transported on roads within the borders of New York State, the vehicle must have a trucking (company or fleet) permit from the New York State Liquor Authority unless the vehicle is registered to or leased by the licensee entity or one of its principals. This permit is authorized by Section 94 of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. A copy of the license should be in the vehicle with every delivery. To file the online permit application, an applicant will need a $1,000 L-9 bond and to upload a completed authorization form downloaded from the permits online webpage.

The relevant law is quoted below:

§ 94. Trucking permit.  1. No vehicle shall be used in this state for the trucking or transportation of any alcoholic beverage unless such vehicle shall be registered with the liquor authority by a permit issued by it and shall have affixed thereto a sign to be approved by the liquor authority, containing the registration number of such vehicle. In lieu of such sign a vehicle may have in its cab a photostatic copy of its current permit issued by the Authority. This provision shall not apply to vehicles owned or hired and operated by a licensee.

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Tracy Jong has been an attorney for more than 20 years,      representing restaurants, bars, and craft beverage manufacturers in a wide array of legal matters. She is also a licensed patent attorney.

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