Arizona Minor in Possession Laws

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Often students call our offices to ask about the MIP laws in Arizona. As a courtesy, we've compiled the laws from every U.S. state and listed them below.

Please note that the Arizona MIP laws displayed below are meant to help help you to learn about your local Arizona laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of Arizona MIP laws, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. This web page is not a replacement for legal advice from an attorney. It is in your best interest that you find an appropriate attorney for more information about Arizona MIP laws.

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Arizona Minor In Possession Laws

Arizona Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Arizona Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Arizona Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.

Notes: INTERNAL POSSESSION: Although Arizona does not prohibit Internal Possession as defined by APIS, beginning on May 23, 2002, it has a statutory provision that makes it unlawful, "[f]or a person under the age of twenty-one years to have in the person's body any spirituous liquor." Ariz. Rev. Stat. ยง 4-244.

Arizona Underage Purchase of Alcohol

Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes.

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Arizona

Furnishing is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Minimum Ages for Servers and Bartenders in Arizona

Beer: 19 for both servers and bartenders

Wine: 19 for both servers and bartenders

Spirits: 19 for both servers and bartenders

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Alcohol Sellers in Arizona

Beer: 16

Wine: 16

Spirits: 16

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • Manager/supervisor is present

Notes: Off-sale retailers may employ persons who are at least 16 years of age to check out, if supervised by a person on the premises who is at least 19 years of age, package or carry merchandise, including spirituous liquor, in unbroken packages, for the convenience of the customer of the employer, if the employer sells primarily merchandise other than spirituous liquor.

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Arizona

Provision(s) targeting minors:

  • Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense
  • Penalty may include driver's license suspension through a judicial or administrative procedure

Provision(s) targeting retailers:

  • State provides incentives to retailers who use electronic scanners that read date of birth and other information digitally encoded on valid identification cards
  • Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older
  • Specific affirmative defense - the retailer inspected the false ID and came to a reasonable conclusion based on its appearance that it was valid

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles in Arizona

BAC limit: 0.00 - any detectable alcohol in the blood is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation

Applies to drivers under age 21

Arizona Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required

Minors Violating Driving Privileges in Arizona

Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:

  • Underage purchase
  • Underage possession
  • Underage consumption

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 18

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Discretionary

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: 0 days
  • Maximum: 180 days

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties

Social host law is specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession Consumption

Property type(s) covered by liability law:

  • Residence
  • Outdoor
  • Other

Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: NEGLIGENCE - host knew or should have known of the event's occurrence (in legal terminology this is referred to as "constructive knowledge")


  • Family
  • Resident

Notes: Arizona's social host provision applies to gatherings of two or more underage persons on unlicensed premises, where the person charged knows or should know that one or more of the underage persons is in possession of or consuming spirituous liquor.

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