Alcohol Age Compliance Checks (AACC)
Minimum legal drinking age compliance checks reduce underage drinking.
What are Compliance Checks?
Alcohol Age Compliance Checks – also known as Minimum Legal Drinking Age Compliance Checks – are law enforcement operations where an underage young adult, aged 18‐20 works with a law enforcement agency by attempting to purchase alcohol using their own ID or without any ID. If the youth completes an alcohol purchase, the law enforcement agency issues a citation to the individual (clerk, cashier, bartender, server, waiter) who sold the alcohol. The compliance check is not a “sting” since retailers are notified in advance in writing of when the check will occur. Compliance checks should be performed every six months at both on‐premises (e.g., restaurants, bars, taverns, movie theaters, etc.) and off-premises retail alcohol businesses (e.g., supermarkets, groceries, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, etc.). Businesses that pass can get positive publicity, while businesses that fail should try to improve their practices.
Wisconsin Alcohol Age Compliance Checks
WisAPP is working on creating a Wisconsin manual for Alcohol Age Compliance Checks. In the meantime, for more information, the summary below outlines the procedure for these checks. A frequently used protocol is the Minnesota Alcohol Epidemiology Program Alcohol Compliance Checks Manual (DOCX). Some aspects of the Minnesota manual conflict with Wisconsin law; involvement of local law enforcement will help identify those conflicts.