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Illinois Liquor Distributor/Foreign Importer Surety Bond

An Illinois liquor distributor needs to obtain a surety bond.

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Illinois Liquor Distributors and Foreign Importers of Liquor are licensed by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. This includes:

  • Illinois Liquor Distributor License: Permits the purchase, storing, possessing, or warehousing of any alcoholic liquors for resale or reselling at wholesale in the state and outside of the state.
  • Illinois Liquor Importing Distributor License: Allows a distributor who is already licensed to import into the state, from any point in the U.S., alcoholic liquors for sale or resale, or for use in the manufacture, preparation or compounding of products other than alcoholic liquors, or for importing more than one gallon of liquor from the U.S. for consumption in any one calendar year. The licensee may purchase alcoholic liquor in barrels, casks or other bulk containers.
  • Illinois Foreign Importer Liquor License: Allows a licensed distributor to import into the state from another state in the U.S., any alcoholic liquors other than bulk, for sale to a licensed importing distributor. Licensee may only purchase from a non-resident dealer in the U.S. or a person located outside the U.S.
  • Applicants must provide the Commission with the following:

    • A copy of your Federal Basic Permit
    • A warehouse address
    • An Illinois Department of Revenue Bond Form, either:
      • REG-4-A (Financial Responsibility Bond), or
      • REG-4-D (Financial Institution Irrevocable Letter of Credit Bond)

    The Financial Responsibility Bond is a surety bond with a $1,000 minimum and a $100,000 maximum. The bond amount is two times the company's average monthly liability. The bond ensures that the company will pay all liquor taxes to the Department of Revenue.

    What Will This Bond Cost?

    The premium you pay for an Illinois Liquor Distributor or Importer depends on the bond amount and your credit. Our low rates start at $100 for bond amounts $10,000 and under with good credit. Bonds over $10,000 are 1% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote that fits your specific situation.

    Did You Know?

    If applying for an importing distributor's license, a foreign importer's license, or both, only one bond is required.

    Related Links:

    Application for Illinois Distributor, Importing Distributor, Foreign Importer Liquor License
    Illinois Liquor Manufacturer Bond

    More Surety Bond Questions?

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