Virginia ABC administers ABC laws with an emphasis on public service and a focus on protecting citizens by ensuring a safe, orderly and regulated system for convenient distribution and responsible consumption of alcohol. With more than 355 stores in convenient locations throughout the Commonwealth, Virginia ABC is dedicated to providing those age 21 and older with an enjoyable, modern shopping environment. Virginia ABC offers a wide selection of merchandise—including mixers, vermouth and Virginia-made wines in addition to liquor—with more than 2,600 items available in the product catalog. Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement has nine regional offices supporting more than 100 special agents located throughout the state. Virginia ABC special agents have full police powers with a diverse range of duties: conducting underage buyer compliance checks to help prevent underage access to alcohol, inspecting license applicants, enforcing ABC laws in more than 17,000 licensed establishments and conducting criminal investigations. The Bureau of Law Enforcement is also comprised of licensing, compliance and administrative services. Staff in those areas serve as liaisons to breweries, distilleries and wineries; inform and interact with manufacturers, importers and distributors; collect Virginia state taxes; process invoices and renewals; conduct alcohol-related training about state ABC laws; and maintain records for businesses with ABC licenses and individuals seeking licenses related to alcohol sale and consumption at private special events. When there is a disciplinary matter involving a licensee (e.g., a business is charged with an ABC law violation), a contested ABC license application or an issue involving the beer or wine franchise acts, the agency will hold an administrative hearing. Virginia ABC also leads the Commonwealth in alcohol prevention and public education initiatives by offering training and materials for use by licensed establishments, community groups and parents around the state.
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
2901 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220