Michigan Minor in Possession Laws

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

Please note that the Michigan MIP laws shown on this page are intended to assist help you to learn about your local Michigan laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of Michigan MIP laws, but we do not guarantee its accuracy. This page is not a replacement for legal advice from a lawyer. It is in your best interest that you find an appropriate attorney for more information about Michigan MIP laws.

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Michigan Minor In Possession Laws

Michigan Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Michigan Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Michigan Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Michigan Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in Michigan

Furnishing is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

There is an affirmative defense if the minor is not charged.

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in Michigan

Beer: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Wine: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Spirits: 18 for both servers and bartenders

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Alcohol Sellers in Michigan

Beer: 18

Wine: 18

Spirits: 18

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in Michigan

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 procedure

Provision(s) targeting suppliers:

  • It is a criminal offense to lend, transfer, or sell a false ID

Provision(s) targeting retailers:

  • 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

Notes: Prior to July 1, 2003, Michigan's operator's licenses and official state personal identification cards issued to a person who at the time of application was 20-1/2 years of age or less, indicated that the cardholder was less than 21 years of age. Although the authority of a retail licensee to confiscate an allegedly false identification is not explicit, the licensee shall present the alleged fraudulent identification to local law enforcement if it is in the possession of the licensee upon filing a police report concerning the violation. See also Affirmative Defense: Minor Not Charged in the Furnishing Alcohol to Minors policy topic.

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

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

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Michigan Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Registration is not required.

Michigan Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

No use/lose law.

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in Michigan

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: KNOWLEDGE - host must have actual knowledge of the occurrence

Preventive action by the host negates the violation (see note).


  • Family
  • Resident

Notes: Michigan's social host statute does not apply if all individuals attending the social gathering are members of the same household or immediate family, or if a minor's use, consumption, or possession of an alcoholic beverage is for religious purposes. The "preventive action" provision in Michigan allows the prosecution to establish guilt by proving that the host failed to take preventive action.

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