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Wholesaler / Manufacturer's Intoxicating Liquor License

Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Agency contact information:

Public Safety (DPS), Minnesota Department of
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 201-7000 | (651) 282-6555 (TTY)
Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division
445 Minnesota St., Suite 222, St. Paul, MN 55101-2156 | (651) 201-7500 | (651) 282-6555 (TTY)
(651) 297-5259 (fax)


Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division

Liquor License Database

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), Emergency Communication Networks, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Office of Justice Programs, State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety, State Highway Patrol, Capitol Security and Traffic Safety.


Minn. Stats. 340A.301




Application for Wholesaler's / Manufacturer's Intoxicating Liquor License

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Public Safety website, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement section at Forms/Documents.


$10,000 Surety Bond

Must be 21 years of age.

Be of good moral character and reputation.

Has not had a license issued under Minn. Stat. § 340A revoked within the preceding 5 years.

Not been convicted of a felony within the preceding 5 years, or a willfull violation of a federal, state, or local ordinance governing the manufacture, sale, distribution, or possession for sale of distribution of alcoholic beverages.


Wholesaler of Intoxicated Liquor fee - $15,000 + $150 fee surcharge

Manufacturer of Intoxicated Liquor fee - $30,000 + $150 fee surcharge 

Brewer (brews over 3,500 barrels annually) fee - $4,000 + $150 fee surcharge

Brewer (brews between 2,000-3,500 barrels annually) fee - $500 + $50 fee surcharge

Wholesaler of Wine fee - $3,750 + $150 fee surcharge

Wholesaler of Malt Beverages fee - $1,000 + $150 fee surcharge

Wine Manufacturer fee - $500 + $50 fee surcharge

Micro Brewer (brews under 2,000 barrels annually) fee - $150 + $15 fee surcharge

Brew Pub fee - $500 + $50 fee surcharge

Farm Winery fee - $50 + $5 fee surcharge

Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. §16E.22.

Period of Issuance:

One year from the date of issuance.

Length of Determination Process:

30 days.

Other Pertinent Information:

Salesman's permits necessary for each salesperson selling for manufacturer or wholesaler.

$20 fee for each salesperson.

Pre-license inspection.