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New license required to ship wine directly into Illinois

Application for Winery Shipper’s License now available

DATE: May 6, 2008
CONTACT: Ted Penesis

CHICAGO—Beginning June 1, 2008, all wineries shipping directly to Illinois residents must have a State of Illinois Winery Shipper’s License prior to delivery. With the passage of House Bill 429 and resultant signing of Public Act 095-0634 by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, wineries with an approved license will be allowed to ship up to 12 cases of wine each year per adult Illinois resident.

To ensure wine recipients are of legal age, several safety precautions have already been put into place, including the requirement that a delivery person verifies the recipient’s age and identity by checking his or her identification prior to releasing the product. “Crafting this legislation required many months of compromise and careful deliberation among all interested parties,” says Lainie Krozel, Acting Director for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

The Winery Shipper’s License is required for both in-state and out-of-state wineries. The fee structure ranges from $150 to $1,000 depending upon the size of winery. To download an application for the new Winery Shipper’s License, please click on the link below:

Application for Winery Shipper's License

How does this law affect liquor retailers?

Holders of a State of Illinois Retailer’s Liquor License will continue to be allowed to ship product to Illinois residents; however, it may be illegal to ship to residents in other states as this practice is subject to laws in each individual state. Likewise, out-of-state retailers are prohibited from shipping alcoholic liquor directly to Illinois consumers. Violation of another’s state law can result in an enforcement action being taken against the licensee by the ILCC. For state contact information, please visit the website of The Wine Institute, which has phone numbers, faxes, and addresses for liquor control boards in all fifty states.