South Carolina Minor in Possession Laws

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

Please note that the South Carolina MIP laws shown on this page are intended to assist help you to understand your local South Carolina laws. While we have tried to show the most up-to-date version of South Carolina minor in possession laws, but we do not 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 South Carolina minor in possession laws.

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South Carolina Minor In Possession Laws

South Carolina Underage Possession of Alcohol

Possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian's home

South Carolina Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Consumption is prohibited with NO EXCEPTIONS.

South Carolina Internal Possession by Minors

Internal possession is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Parent/guardian's home

South Carolina Underage Purchase of Alcohol

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

Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in South Carolina

Furnishing is prohibited WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION(S):

  • Private residence
  • AND EITHER parent/guardian OR spouse

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

Notes: South Carolina's Parent / Guardian and Spouse exceptions apply when the alcohol is furnished in the home of the spouse or in the home of the parent or guardian. See S.C. Code Ann. §§ 61-4-90, 61-6-4070 and 61-6-4075.

Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders in South Carolina

  • Beer: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders
  • Wine: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders
  • Spirits: 18 for servers and 21 for bartenders

Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers of Alcoholic Beverages in South Carolina

  • Beer: Not Specified
  • Wine: Not Specified
  • Spirits: 21

Notes: Although no minimum age is specified to sell beer and wine at off-sale establishments licensed to sell beer and wine, an employee of a retail liquor establishment must be at least 21 years of age.

False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol in South Carolina

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 retailers: - Licenses for drivers under age 21 are easily distinguishable from those for drivers age 21 and older - No statutory affirmative defense - statutes do not provide an affirmative defense related to retailer's belief that the minor was 21 years of age or older

Notes: 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 South Carolina

BAC limit: 0.02 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation

Applies to drivers age 0 or above

Applies to drivers under age 21

South Carolina Retail Sales: Keg Registration

Keg definition:


  • Possessing an unregistered, unlabeled keg - max. fine/jail: $500 or 30 days
  • Destroying the label on a keg - max. fine/jail: $500 or 30 days

Purchaser information collected:

  • Purchaser's name and address
  • Verified by a government-issued ID

Warning information to purchaser: active – purchaser action required (e.g., signature)

Deposit: not required

Provisions do not specifically address disposable kegs

South Carolina Underage Driving Privileges: Use/Lose

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 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • Mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation: 120 days

Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties in South Carolina

Social host law is not specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession Consumption

Property type(s) covered by liability law:

  • Other

Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: OVERT ACT - host must have actual knowledge and commit an act that contributes to the occurrence

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