Online Alcohol Class offers the most comprehensive underage consumption classes available in California. We offer Level 1 (8 hour), Level 2 (16 hour), and Level 3 (24 hour) web-based Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption Classes.
Often students call our offices to inquire about the MIP laws in California. As a courtesy, we've compiled the laws from every U.S. state and listed them below.
Please note that the California minor in possession laws displayed on this page are meant to assist help you to understand your local California laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of California minor in possession laws, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. This web page is not a replacement for legal advice from a lawyer. It is in your best interest that you find a qualified lawyer for more information about California minor in possession laws.
Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):
Notes: California's "Any Private Location" exception excludes possession in motor vehicles. California's statute regarding possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 years includes an exception for "responsible adult relative" but does not specify which relatives are included. APIS interprets the phrase "responsible adult relative" as including a spouse.
Consumption is not explicitly prohibited.
Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited.
Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes.
Furnishing is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.
Beer: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders
Wine: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders
Spirits: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders
Beer: Not Specified
Wine: Not Specified
Spirits: Not Specified
Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:
Provision(s) targeting minors:
Provision(s) targeting suppliers:
Provision(s) targeting retailers:
BAC limit: 0.01 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation
Applies to drivers under age 21
Keg definition: 6 gallons or more
Purchaser information collected:
Purchaser's name and address
Verified by a government-issued ID
Warning information to purchaser: Not Required
Deposit: not required
Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs
Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:
Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21
Authority to impose driver's license sanction
Length of suspension/revocation: 365 days
No State-imposed liability for hosting underage drinking parties
Notes: As of January 1, 2004, a California statute imposes social host liability in circumstances that are more limited than for other laws included in this table. The California law applies only if the underage person is under 18 years old, has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 percent or greater, was permitted to drive a vehicle, and was found to have caused a traffic collision while driving. See Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 25658.2.