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Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


What We Do

Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement (AGED) has regulatory authority for the issuance of alcohol licenses and permits, including:
  • manufacturer    
  • wholesaler    
  • importer     
  • farm winery
  • retail licenses
  • retailers/buyers card
  • alcohol beverage caterer
  • 2 a.m. permits
  • temporary on-sale permits
  • consumption and display permits
  • brand label registration

AGED special investigators conduct inspection and compliance visits to licensed liquor establishments to ensure compliance with the state liquor laws and rules, which include promotion and trade practice violations, and illegal advertising promotions.

AGED also has a staff of sworn special agents who conduct criminal and gaming license background investigations in the areas of legalized gaming, including:

  • lawful/charitable gambling (e.g., pull-tabs, bingo, raffles, paddlewheels and tip boards)
  • gambling devices (e.g., slot machines, roulette, craps tables, electronic simulated gaming devices)
  • Minnesota Lottery
  • pari-mutuel horse racing
  • pari-mutuel card rooms 

Additional criminal investigations include illegal activities such as:

  • sports betting
  • illegal lotteries
  • lottery fraud scams

AGED also has regulatory gaming authority under Minn. Statute 299L to issue and regulate gaming device licenses. In addition, under the State-Tribal Compacts, AGED is the primary state agency granted authority to monitor and conduct inspections of Class III games (e.g., Black Jack tables and gaming devices) at the 18 tribal casinos in the state.

Please read our strategic plan to learn more about the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division

Related Minnesota Liquor Statutes


Regulatory Statutes and Agency Regulations for State Authorized Gambling


Criminal Statutes Regarding Gambling



Carla Cincotta was appointed director of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement in October 2016.

Cincotta has worked as a special agent, senior special agent and special agent in charge within AGED, where she directed, coordinated and reviewed investigations to ensure proper regulation and enforcement of state and federal laws. 

Before joining AGED in 2005, Director Cincotta served as a police officer and investigator in the Stillwater Police Department for 10 years.

Cincotta has bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and has completed the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program and Women’s Leadership Institute.



AGED currently has a staff of 19 full-time positions, including: seven sworn agents (director, senior special agent, and five special agents); three (non-sworn) special (liquor) investigators; one law enforcement liaison and six administrative personnel.



The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) was created in 1996 when two independent divisions of the Department of Public Safety, i.e., Gambling Enforcement and Liquor Control were merged. The merger combined the knowledge and expertise of the law enforcement division of Gambling Enforcement with that of the civil and regulatory background of the Liquor Control Division.