Steps to get a beer and wine license in Florida:
  1. Determine the Type of License You Need: Florida offers several types of alcohol licenses, so you’ll need to determine which one is appropriate for your business. For beer and wine, you’ll typically need a 2COP license (Consumption on Premises).
  2. Check Eligibility: Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements, which generally include being at least 18 years old, having no felony convictions, and meeting zoning and location requirements.
  3. Prepare Your Documents: Gather all necessary documentation, which may include:
    • Proof of identity (e.g., driver’s license, passport)
    • Business documents (e.g., incorporation documents, partnership agreements)
    • Premises information (e.g., lease or ownership documents, floor plan)
    • Fingerprints and background checks for the owner and officers
  4. Complete the Application: Fill out the application form for the appropriate license. You can find the forms on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) website.
  5. Submit the Application and Pay Fees: Submit your completed application to the DBPR, along with the required fees. The fees vary depending on the type of license and the location of your business.
  6. Inspection: After submitting your application, the DBPR will schedule an inspection of your premises to ensure it meets all state regulations and requirements.
  7. Approval: Once your application and premises pass the inspection, the DBPR will approve your license.
  8. Display Your License: Once approved, you must display your license prominently at your business location.

You can find more detailed information and resources on the DBPR website here.

Here are some key points on why a beer and wine is easier to get than a liquor license in Florida.

Beer and Wine License (2COP)

  1. Cost: Generally less expensive than a liquor license. The fee varies depending on the location and size of the establishment.
  2. Eligibility Requirements: Generally, the requirements are less stringent compared to a liquor license.

Availability: More readily available since there are no quotas limiting the number of beer and wine licenses in the state.

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