Retail stores fight a constant battle against underage alcohol sales. Without proper training, sellers can easily be fooled by fake, borrowed or altered IDs. The Responsible Vendor program can help reduce teen drinking while protecting businesses from stiff penalties.
The Responsible Vendor program requires certified convenience stores and grocers to strengthen their alcohol sales policies in exchange for benefits saving them time and money. Responsible Vendors also improve their standing as a community partner by helping keep alcohol away from teens.
The Responsible Vendor program is comprised of two major parts:
- Checking ID before every alcohol sale
- Completing a comprehensive, state-certified server training program with all servers
Participation in the program is voluntary. However, certified vendors pay lower fines if cited for underage sales. A non-certified businesses can face up to $2,500 in fines and have their alcohol permit suspended or revoked. Certified Responsible Vendors pay a reduced fee of no more than $1,000 and are exempt from having their licenses suspended or revoked on first offense.
Becoming a certified Responsible Vendor is easy, convenient and cost-effective. For more information, visit tennesseeid.com.