Alcohol Beverage License (ABL)
South Carolina regulates alcoholic beverage commerce through a three-tiered distribution and licensing structure that strictly separates manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing interests into distinct tiers of operation. Under this three-tier system, licenses issued under Title 61 are generally divided into the following categories:
- Retail Licenses that authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages to the public
- Wholesale Licenses that authorize the purchase of alcoholic beverages from producers for resale to retailers
- Manufacturing and Importing Licenses that authorize the production or importation of alcoholic beverages into the state
The manufacturing, distribution, and sale of beer and wine are regulated by the brewery, winery, wholesale, and retail beer and wine permits authorized under Chapter 4 of Title 61. The manufacturing, distribution, and sale of alcoholic liquors are governed by the liquor manufacturers', wholesalers', and retail dealers' licenses and the liquor-by-the-drink licenses authorized under the ABC Act in Chapter 6 of Title 61.
You can apply for the following licenses and permits on MyDORWAY:
- Registration of Alcoholic Liquor Producer or Importer
- Registration of Beer and Wine Producer or Importer
- Out of State Wine Shippers License
- Retail Beer, Wine, and Liquor License
- In-State Brewery, Winery, Liquor Manufacturer and Beer, Wine, and/or Liquor Wholesaler License
- Food Manufacturer's License
- Special Bakery License
- Liquor Producer Warehouse License
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How the renewal process works
Most businesses will follow these steps when applying for a renewal:
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Two months before your renewal application is due, our team will notify you of your upcoming renewal period and provide instructions for applying.
Your renewal due date is based on the county where your business is located. Refer to the chart below to see when each county's renewal application is due. You will usually need to renew every two years.
If you don’t have any changes to your business information (address, name, etc.), we recommend renewing online using
After we receive your application, we’ll notify you if your renewal was approved or if we need additional information from you. If your renewal was not approved, you’ll receive information on what to do next when we notify you.