Keg registration

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Beer keg registration is a legal requirement in some U.S. states and localities that identification tags or labels be affixed to beer kegs upon retail sale. They often consist of requirements that tags and records retained by the retailer list the name and address of the purchaser, the date and location where the beer will be served, and other information. These laws vary widely in their specifics and enforcement. There appears to have been little academic study of the efficacy[clarification needed] of beer keg registration laws.[1]

List of American states with beer keg registration laws[edit]


  • Arkansas
  • California – seven US gallons (26 l) or more
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia[2]
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa[3]
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri[4]
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York – four US gallons (15 l) or more[5]
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon – six US gallons (23 l) or more
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington – four US gallons (15 l) or more

In addition, the state of Utah does not have a keg registration law as such, however the state requires anyone in possession of a keg to obtain a temporary beer permit, and limits the use of kegs to low-alcohol beer only.[6]


  1. ^ Wagenaar, Alexander C.; Eileen M. Harwood; Cindy Silianoff; Traci L. Toomey (2005). "Measuring public police: The case of beer keg registration laws" (PDF). Evaluation and Program Policy. 28 (28): 359–367. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2005.07.001. Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2]Template:Iowa Keg Reg
  4. ^ Keg Tags & Registrations Archived July 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ N.Y. ABC. LAW § 105-c : NY Code - Section 105-C: Registration of bulk retail sales of beer for off-premises consumption Archived October 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [3] Archived May 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

  • Keg Registration Keg Registration laws have been passed in 26 of 50 states. See if your state is on the list.