An Oregon Liquor Control Commission service permit allows you to serve alcohol in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other establishments. Obtaining it involves submitting an application, paying a fee, and taking and passing a course.
- Meet the criteria
To get an OLCC permit, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are between 18 and 20, you can get a minor service permit, which allows you to pour and serve alcohol in establishments where food service is primary and alcohol service is secondary, but you may not work as a cocktail server or bartender. You do not need to already have a job to obtain an OLCC permit. If you prefer, take the class and get the permit first, and then find a job afterwards.
- Fill out the application
If you have a job, fill out the application your employer provides. Your employer then signs the application and sends it in with the application fee. After submitting the application you receive a 45-day temporary permit. If you do not have a job, the application can be signed either by your instructor at the server education class or by a qualified person at your local OLCC office.
- Take an alcohol server education class
Take a server education class within 45 days of submitting your application. If you take longer than 45 days, you will not be issued a second temporary permit. Once you pass the class and obtain a permit, it is good for 5 years. Afterwards, you must submit a new application and fee and take a new alcohol server education class. Shorter renewal classes are available in some areas.