Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

This permit authorizes an individual employed by a licensed wholesaler, broker, farmer-winery, farmer-brewery, to solicit orders for alcoholic beverages from licensed wholesalers (or retailers, as the case may be) on behalf of that employer
Once an application is submitted via our eLicensing system, the typical turnaround time is a few days to a week.

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

The Details   of Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

What you need   for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

To apply for a Salesman permit pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 19A you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below.

Required Documents for ALL new Salesman permits:

  • Certificate of Employment to be completed by an authorized signatory for the employer of the salesman who is applying. This document is linked at the bottom of this page.
  • Proof of State Residency: any one of the following is acceptable: State Driver’s License, State ID Card, State Voter Registration, or a copy of your W-2, a current utility bill (gas, electric, telephone or cable) in your name sent to you at your current address dated within the previous 30 days, or home mortgage, lease, or loan contracts with the customer's name, residential address, and signature (dated within 12 months of application).

If you wish to apply for a transportation permit in addition to the salesman permit:

  • Vehicle Registration for each vehicle being permitted.

Please Note: The commission requires all salesman applications to be signed by the salesman. Salesman applications that are not signed by the salesman will be rejected and refunded.

Fees   for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

Name Fee Unit
Salesman $200 each
Transportation and Delivery Permit $150 each

How to apply   Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

To apply for this license, please create an account on our eLicensing and ePermitting Portal.

Please review the information below:

Technical Requirements:

Below is the list of supported browser versions that provide the best user experience for the online application:

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 10

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox 29

  • Safari 6

  • Google Chrome 34

  • Opera 21

Although you may find that your current version also works, it may not support all functions.

To use the system you must first create a user name and password. User guides on this topic and other helpful information about the eLicensing and ePermitting Portal can be found here.

For technical assistance:
Please call the ePLACE Help Desk Team at (844) 733-7522 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday, with the exception of all Commonwealth and Federal observed holidays.

Next steps   for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

Processing Time

Please allow a few days to a week for the application to be processed. If there is any information missing, a licensing staff member will reach out to you directly.

If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact a licensing staff member.

More info   for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

More information about this license type:

  • If the salesman wishes to transport samples, they must obtain a transportation and delivery permit.
  • The transportation and delivery permit is built into the salesman application, all the applicant need to do is "Add a Row" on the "Vehicle Information" table in the application.
  • An individual can only get a salesman permit if the "parent" license is one of the following: Wholesaler, Farmer Brewery, Farmer Winery, Farmer Distillery, Manufacturer, or Broker.
  • If you are a Certificate of Compliance holder, you must obtain an Broker license in order to have salesman in Massachusetts.
  • You need to be a Massachusetts resident to be eligible for a salesman permit, but U.S. citizenship is not required.
  • For any questions regarding sampling, please refer to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 138 Section 15.

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Contact   for Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Salesman Permit (ABCC)

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