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The Legal drinking age in Arizona is 21 ((A.R.S §4-101(18)). When it comes to alcohol, it is against the law:  

  • For a person under 21 to drive or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while there is any spirituous liquor in their body ((A.R.S §4-244(34)).
  • Arizona will suspend the driver’s license or privilege to drive or refuse to issue a driver license for two years of a person 18, 19 or 20 years old who violates ((A.R.S §4-244(34)), (A.R.S §28-3322).  
  • For a person under 21 to operate or be in physical control of a motorized watercraft that is underway while there is any spirituous liquor in their body ((A.R.S §4-244(35)).

 

Q: What happens if I go into a store or bar to buy some alcohol?

A: You had better be prepared to show proof of your age. If you are under the legal drinking age and you misrepresent your age to any person to get them to sell or give you liquor, you may be convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor (A.R.S §4-241).

 

Q: But what if I don’t buy it myself?

A: If you are under the legal drinking age and you ask someone to buy or give you liquor, you may be convicted of a class 3 misdemeanor (A.R.S §4-241).

 

Q: What if I borrow a driver’s license or change the age on mine to show I’m 21?

A: If you are under 21 and you use a fake ID, or the ID or license of another person (whether it’s fake or not), in order to get into a bar, you may be convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor (A.R.S §4-241).

 

Q: What are the penalties for violating Arizona liquor laws?

A: Arizona will suspend a driver’s license or state ID of a person who is under 21 and who is convicted of using a fake ID or license from Arizona or any other state in violation of (A.R.S §4-241), for not less than:

  • Six months for a first conviction.  
  • Twelve months for a second or subsequent conviction (A.R.S §28-3309(A)).
  • If a person is convicted of using the driver’s license or ID of another person in violation of (A.R.S §4-241), Arizona will deny the right to apply for a license for not less than:
  • Six months for a first conviction.  
  • Twelve months for a second or subsequent conviction (A.R.S §28-3309(B)).

 

Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated.  The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here. 

 

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