Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
AGE Logo

Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
I want to:   

What's New?

Letter from Commissioner Harrington Regarding COVID-19

An Executive Order issued by Governor Tim Walz requires many businesses in Minnesota to close on-site sale operations now until at least May 1 at 5 p.m. Delivery and curbside take-out services are permitted, as allowed by license.

Many restaurants and bars must obtain two licenses: one from the state and one from the municipality in which they are located. Both local and state regulatory agencies may investigate violations of the Executive Order. 

Local law enforcement may be sent to a place of business to investigate any complaints. 

Businesses that fail to cooperate or have documented violations shall be reported to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED). Refusal to comply with the order may result in criminal or civil penalties.

Tribal properties are sovereign and exempt from this executive order.

Read more detailed information regarding the order in a letter  from Commissioner John Harrington.

COVID-19 Information

​The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division is aware of the many challenges we are all facing during this difficult time.

Per Executive Order by Gov. Tim Walz,all restaurants and bars will temporarily close and will not provide on-premises consumption.  This order by the Governor will last until at least through May 1 at 5 p.m.  

As a reminder, establishments must have an off-sale license to sell alcohol that is allowed off the premises.

Our licensing staff remains available and will continue to process new liquor licenses and renewals.

All on-site inspections  that are currently scheduled will take place. As more information becomes available about COVID-19, the inspection schedule could change.

Information about COVID-19 can be found on at the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Stay safe and healthy, and we will all work together to get through this challenging time.


COVID-19 & Liquor Return Policy for Establishments

​The evolving response to COVID-19 has created unusual circumstances in the liquor industry.

The cancelation of many events and required bar closings have created a commercial reason to allow wholesale distributors to pick up on-sale retail alcoholic beverage product, issue the on-sale accounts a credit, and resell the product to off-premise (off-sale) accounts, which are still allowed to operate their businesses. 

Please consider this approval to cover all needed product returns from affected businesses until the restrictions placed upon them is removed.


Featured Video

Video Description: Get an inside look at how the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division works with Native American tribes to ensure slot machines are paying out correctly and gaming is fair for all.