Compliance Checks

Compliance checks are designed to address the retailers who are licensed to sell alcohol and to ensure that they are not providing alcohol to minors under-21.

Kentucky underage youth decoys were able to purchase alcohol at Kentucky alcohol retailers…

  • 1 in 10 times in 2017 (10%)
  • 1 in 9 times in 2016 (12%)
  • 1 in 8 times in 2015 (13%) 

DOWNLOAD: KY ABC Investigative Aid Application
Youth ages 18 to 20 may apply to work with the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control and/or local law enforcement as under-cover operatives in these investigations.

Compliance Check Goals:

  • Determine which stores are adhering to the 21 age drinking age law
  • Help to increase compliance rates at retail stores
  • Issue tickets and fines for stores not complying with laws
  • Youth develop relationship with local law enforcement
  • Work together as a youth coalition

Compliance checks, when done regularly, send a message to retailers that they must follow the laws with regards to selling alcohol. If they refuse to comply with the laws, they will face stiff penalties, including fines and the possible loss of their liquor license.

Report an Alcohol Sales Violation

Anyone can report a suspected violation to ABC Enforcement by one of the following methods:

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Conducting Compliance Check Operations

Click here to learn about a free Federal online training provided by the Federal Government for Law Enforcement on Conducting Compliance Check Operations 


2009- 92% In-Compliance

2010- 94% In-Compliance

2011- 94% In-Compliance

2012- 91% In-Compliance

2013- 93% In-Compliance

2014- 89% In-Compliance 

2015- 87% In-Compliance

2016- 89% In-Compliance

2017- 90% In-Compliance

Data courtesy of the KY ABC shows %KY alcohol retailers checked that did not sell to underage investigative aids