How Do You Obtain a Liquor License in Ohio?

To obtain a liquor license in the state of Ohio, contact the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control at 614-644-2360. The office can also be contacted by email at

The Division of Liquor Control is responsible for approving, renewing and transferring licenses for businesses in Ohio. It registers Ohio-based and out-of-state manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic beverages. Licensing covers all beer, wine and mixed beverages containing at least 21 percent alcohol. In addition to granting licenses, the Division of Liquor Control oversees the location of liquor stores and bottling plants. It also conducts inspections to ensure businesses comply with state liquor laws.