State Information for TN

It is mandatory in Tennessee to take an accredited server training class in order to receive your Server Permit. proudly offers the Aim To Serve class for the last 18 years.

Server Permit Qualifications:

  • Applicant for an On-Premise Server Permit must be at least eighteen (18) years old
  • Applicant must complete a TABC certified alcohol awareness program within the previous year prior to applying for an On-Premise Server permit
  • The Certificate indicating successful completion of the class is not a TABC server permit. Please remember that servers must attend and pass a TABC certified alcohol awareness class within one year of the date of application for the server permit. If the permit is not obtained within one year of successfully completing the class, then servers must attend and pass the training course again
  • New servers have a sixty-one (61) day grace period from the original date of hire to attend a TABC certified alcohol awareness training class and have a server permit on file with the establishment of hire. This is a one-time grace period, not available every time a server changes employers.

Server Permit Disqualifications:

  • An individual may not have a felony conviction for an offense that bears directly on the applicant’s fitness to practice competently, as determined by the commission.
  • An individual may not have a conviction for any crime related to the sale of alcoholic beverages, beer, schedules 1 and 2 controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, or any sex related crime, or embezzlement within the previous eight (8) years
  • An individual may not have had an employee or server permit or similar permit issued in a foreign jurisdiction revoked by an issuing authority within the previous five (5) years
  • An individual may not have had any ownership interest in any wholesale, retail, liquor-by-the-drink, or beer license or permit revoked by the using authority within the previous eight (8) years

Step 1:

First you must apply for your RLPS before taking an accredited class. This RLPS is the application process that can only be done online at Once you have completed the application process you will be given an RLPS number that will be formatted in the following format: Example: 19A-NPER-SER-000000. You will take this RLPS number and provide it to your in-person class trainer or in the RLPS field for the online course. For step by step instructions for the RLPS click here for the video: (will send to you in email)

If you have problems you can call the TABC Nashville office at 615-532-2297 to be directed to the RLPS Help Desk. The help desk is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. central time.

For additional information, please review the written instructions (pdf) as well as the video below.

Step 2

In person class vs. online class. Both classes have a mandatory time limit that is required by the TABC. Once class is not any different than the other in content. However, the in-person class will offer a trainer who has years of experience in the service of alcohol in the hospitality industry. Click here to sign up for a in-person class:

The online course is a self-paced course that you can take on a mobile device or any browser or tablet at your convenience. Some programs limit the browser or devices you can take their class on, but not Aim To Serve. We spent the extra money to provide more convenience to our students and have a more fun and engaging online class experience. Our course is not someone reading to you. It was professionally created for today’s student in the alcohol training industry. Click here to take the online course now:

Step 3:

After completing the course your grades will be submitted to the TABC and you should receive your server permit via the RLPS account which you will have to log back into to retrieve your server permit. The server permits are not issued by Aim To Serve and are issued by a government agency. Please check your RLPS to verify all information has been submitted and no additional information is needed.

Listed below is some general information on the service of alcohol

  • Age to consume is 21
  • Age to pour is 18
  • Age to serve alcohol is 18
  • Age to sell alcohol is 18
  • Dram Shop Liability Laws – Yes
  • Acceptable forms of ID are:
    • Drivers License
    • Concealed carry permit
    • State issued ID cards
    • Passport
    • Passport Card
    • Green Card
    • Military ID
  • Is it mandatory in Tennessee to card someone for the purchase of alcohol?
    • For restaurants, bars and hotels – It is NOT mandatory, however is it highly encouraged.
    • For grocery, convenience stores or liquor stores – It IS mandatory to card everyone. Their ID cannot be expired.