The legal age to serve alcohol in Florida is 18 as of 2013, according to sociology professor David J. Hanson. The District of Columbia and 37 states allow adults 18 and older to serve alcohol in restaurants and bars.
In Alaska, Nevada and Utah, people must be at least 21 years old to serve alcohol, Hanson notes. In Maine, 17-year-olds can serve alcohol. In some states, people younger than 21 are limited in where they can serve alcohol. Younger workers are sometimes permitted to stock alcohol in coolers or remove it from tables. In some states, a manager who is of legal age must be in the establishment when someone younger than the legal drinking age serves alcohol. Servers younger than the legal drinking age sometimes must participate in additional training relating to alcoholic beverages.