How to Get a Liquor License in Nevada

If you wish to sell liquor and other alcoholic beverages within the state of Nevada, you must acquire a liquor license. The sale and movement of alcohol is regulated by Nevada Revised Statute 369, which outlines three separate tiers of alcohol distribution that's controlled by the state: retailers, suppliers and wholesalers. There are three separate liquor licenses for each type of alcohol distributor.

Determine which of the three types of Nevada liquor licenses you should apply for on behalf of your business. The retail license is for bars, restaurants and grocery stores that intend to sell alcohol directly to individual patrons. A wholesaler license is for a business that intends to sell alcoholic beverages to retail establishments. Finally, the supplier license is for businesses that intend to sell liquor and other alcoholic beverages to wholesalers.

Obtain an application for the type of liquor license that your business requires. Wholesale and supplier license applications can be obtained through the Nevada Department of Taxation. Retail liquor license applications can be obtained through your county's business license center.

Complete the liquor license application that's relevant to your business and submit it to the appropriate regulatory authority. Wholesale and supplier license applications should be submitted to the Nevada Department of Taxation with the appropriate fees; fees vary for each business depending upon the types of alcohol that they sell or supply. Retail applications should be submitted to the licensing authority in the county in which the retail establishment is located. Each county has its own fee structure for retail liquor licenses.

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Krystal Wascher has been writing online content since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Thiel College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2009.