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Renewal Checklist

The deadline for all nightclub and tavern alcoholic beverage licensees to renew their On-Premises Retailer Class C/D license is Monday, September 30, 2019.

All renewal packets mailed mid August 2019 to the licensee’s address on file with ABRA.

Licenses not renewed by the deadline will be subject to a late fee of $50 per business day, starting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, not to exceed the cost of the license, AND potential cancellation.


License renewals must be done in person at ABRA's office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4 pm, and can be done any time before the renewal deadline. All renewed licenses are valid up to three years and expire on September 30, 2022. Licensees have the option of paying fees annually or for multiple years.

Plan ahead and come prepared to expedite your visit and avoid long lines.

Arrive with:

  • Renewal application (completed and printed)
  • Documentation required by the application (printed)
  • Clean Hands Certificate (completed and printed)
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Payment. Fees may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, check, certified check, money order, or cashier's check. Checks must be made payable to the DC Treasurer.

Of Note

Licensees with a Settlement Agreement that has been in place for at least four (4) years may apply to amend or terminate the agreement. To do so, complete AND file the Settlement Agreement Amendment and Termination Form with your renewal application before the renewal deadline. All requests are subject to approval by the ABC Board.


If you have not received your renewal packet or have a question, contact the licensing division at:

If you need to change your contact information—email, phone, or address—please note you will be required to submit a Change of Contact Form. No changes will be made over the phone.