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Is There a TTB Surety Bond Requirement for Alcohol Manufacturers?

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Alcohol Surety Bonds are required for the sale, shipping, manufacturing and warehousing of liquor for both beverage and non-beverage purposes by one or more of the following: your county, state, or the federal government. They guarantee the payment of taxes collected on liquor and other alcoholic beverage sales.

If you are a new alcohol manufacturer, you would need to provide an alcohol surety bond in order to receive your liquor license. Each state has their own regulations regarding renewal time frames for your surety bond and more on this below.

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What is an Alcohol Surety Bond?

With this type of surety bond, it is your obligation to pay all applicable alcohol taxes appropriately. If you (the Principal) were to fail to comply with the bond's terms, the government can make a claim on the bond to recover any unpaid taxes or fines.

A surety bond is a legal contract between three entities. The three parties involved in a surety bond are:

1. The Principal. In the case of alcohol bonds, this is the business or individual who will sell liquor.

2. The Obligee. The state, county or city government agency that requires the bond.

3. The Surety. The company that guarantees the bond. As your agent we have special arrangements with surety companies to approve your bond. The Surety Company honors the terms of the agreement the Principal entered into with the Obligee.

New Business Information

If you are a new business, such as a brewery or winery, understanding the process can be challenging. The first step in the process is determining what type of business you fall under, such as:

• Alcohol Producers and Manufacturers (Distilleries, Breweries, or Wineries)

• Alcohol Importers, Wholesalers and Exporters

• Alcohol Users and Dealers

Once you determine your business type, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has created an interactive tutorial to give you a better understanding of starting a new business that will be regulated by the TTB.  Part of this process includes filing an application with the TTB and receiving approval before you can begin operations. Applications can be completed online or via paper applications at the TTB’s website.

Applications for new businesses
TTB Forms
Consent to Surety Forms


More Information on Liquor/Alcohol Tax Bonds by State

Each state sets their own bond amount and renewal date for alcohol or liquor bonds. Below is information on a few of the popular states for alcohol bonds.

Alcohol Tax (Retailers)  

  • Surety Bond: Brewer’s Bond
  • Obligee: Department of the Treasury: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
  • Form: OMB 1513-0015
  • Surety Bond Amount: A Surety Bond is required if sales from excise tax exceed $50,000 per year.


  • Surety Bond: Retailers and Consumption on Premises Liquor License Performance and Tax Liability Bond
  • Obligee: Georgia Department of Revenue: Alcohol and Tobacco Division  
  • Address: PO Box 49512, Atlanta, GA 30359-1512
  • Surety Bond Amount: $2,500


  • Surety Bond: Beer Permit Bond, Wine Permit Bond
  • Obligee: Department of Commerce: Alcoholic Beverages Division
  • Address: 1918 S.E. Hulsizer Road, Ankeny, Iowa 50021
  • Surety Bond Amount: $5,000


  • Surety Bond: Kansas Liquor Drink Tax Bond
  • Obligee: Kansas Department of Revenue: Customer Relations – Miscellaneous Segment 
  • Address: 915 SW Harrison St., Topeka, Kansas 66625-5000
  • Form: LD-400
  • Surety Bond Amount: Set by Obligee; usually based on a percentage of your sales volume


  • Surety Bond: Surety Bond (generic form)
  • Obligee: State of Mississippi Department of Revenue: Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Surety Bond Amount: Set by Obligee; usually based on a percentage of your sales volume

New Jersey

  • Surety Bond: New Jersey Beverage Tax Bond
  • Obligee: NJ Department of the Treasury, Division of Taxation: Beverage Tax License 
  • Address: Unit CN-252, Trenton, New Jersey 08646
  • Form: B-7-1800
  • Surety Bond Amount: Set by Obligee; usually based on a percentage of your sales volume


  • Surety Bond: Texas Continuous Bond-Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax
  • Obligee: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin, Texas
  • Surety Bond Amount: Set by Obligee; usually based on a percentage of your sales volume


  • Surety Bond: Limited Restaurant Bond
  • Obligee: Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Address: 625 S 900 W., PO Box 30408, Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0408
  • Surety Bond Amount: $5,000

Related Links:

Read our blog, TTB Eliminates Surety Bond Requirement for Small Businesses
Read our blog, How Do You Like Your Alcohol?
Read our blog, Interesting and Strange Alcohol Laws Across the States

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