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Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Our mission is to protect the public welfare and interest by regulating the alcoholic beverage industry through licensing, education and the enforcement of alcohol laws and regulations, as well as combating youth access to alcoholic beverages and
tobacco products in the Commonwealth. 


* NEW * A recent change in federal law will impact several Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage licensees.  Are you affected?

The Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) provides cash assistance to needy families. KTAP is accessed through the EBT card. Kentucky’s cash assistance program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has new federal changes now in effect. The department is assisting the Cabinet of Health and Family Services in Kentucky’s efforts to implement and assure compliance with federal law.  Federal Law 42 USC608 (a) (12) passed in 2012, prevents TANF cash assistance from being accessed by an EBT transaction at an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), or point-of-sale terminal in prohibited locations. KTAP is accessed through the EBT card which replaced what years ago was known as “food stamps.”  Recipients’ EBT cards cannot be used at ATM machines or at point-of-sale terminals located in certain business types. The prohibited locations or businesses are Kentucky’s adult-oriented establishments, bars, liquor stores, gambling casinos or gaming establishments (including horse or dog racing establishments and bingo halls). In a joint effort with Division of Family Support, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is assisting in the dissemination of information and required signage which must be posted at all times in your licensed premises. The department will be sending licensees a letter about adherence to this law.  Additionally, if you have any questions or need the required poster, call the Division of Family Support at 502-564-3440. To assure your full compliance with new federal and state requirements, please be sure to carefully educate yourself on your businesses responsibilities and requirements as well as your customers. 


 Please Note: Kentucky cities and counties that have passed local ordinances prohibiting alcohol sales on election day are listed here.