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ABC License Safekeeping Application

An alcoholic beverage license that is temporarily discontinued for any reason must be surrendered to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) for safekeeping. Licensees that close or cease operations for 21+ days must place their license in safekeeping. Previously any closure or ceasing of operations required the license to be placed in safekeeping. 

Follow the instructions, complete the application and pay the appropriate fee to place a license in safekeeping. Forms must be returned in person to ABRA's office:

  • 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20009.

Any licensee with a liquor license being held in safekeeping will need to request an extension by the following deadlines each year in order to maintain safekeeping status:

  • March 31; and
  • September 30.

There are additional fees for safekeeping. Safekeeping fees must be paid within 30 days of the date a billing statement is issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) in order to avoid cancellation of the license. All regular annual license fees and renewal fees must be paid in addition to safekeeping fees.

Extension requests may be submitted to the Board by submitting a letter by:

  • Email; or
  • Mail - 2000 14th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009.

Any license in safekeeping will be subject to cancellation if an extension request is not received by the deadlines.