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Laws & Policies in Minnesota

Alcohol Laws 

Minnesota laws should make any person think twice about providing alcohol to someone else.  You could be charged with a gross misdemeanor, go to jail for up to one year, and be fined up to $3,000.  In addition, an adult who provides alcohol to an underage drinker can be sued for any damages that result.


  • Kevin's Law (Minnesota Statute 340A.701
    It is illegal: For a person other than a licensed retailer of alcoholic beverages to sell, barter, furnish, or give alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age if that person becomes intoxicated and causes or suffers death or great bodily harm.

  • Civil Liability, Cause of Action (Minnesota Statute 340A.90                   
    A statutory cause of action has been created: For any person injured by an intoxicated person under age 21, giving the injured party the right of civil third-party liability action for damages, excluding homeowners’ insurance coverage.

  • Beer Keg Registration (Minnesota Statute 340A.513)                                              
    Off-sale retailers must affix an identification label or tag to each beer keg that is for sale. The retailer will record the purchaser’s ID information, date and time of purchase, keg ID number and purchaser’s signature. The record will be kept for 90 days.

  • Not a Drop (Minnesota Statute 169A.33                                                                  
    It is illegal for a person under age 21: To operate a motor vehicle while consuming alcoholic beverages or the physical condition of having ingested an alcoholic beverage. If a person’s alcohol-concentration level is 0.08 or more, regular DWI laws apply instead of the underage consumption while driving offense. 


Additional Minnesota State Alcohol Laws

Local Ordinances

Social Host Ordinance (SHO) prohibits and establishes penalties for any person hosting an event or gathering where alcohol is present and is being possessed or consumed by persons under 21 years of age.  A violation of the SHO is a misdemeanor, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine.

Sherburne County
has a county-wide Social Host Ordinance as well as the following 7 cities:



Juvenile Curfew Ordinances

Other drug Laws 



Minnesota law covers a wide range of drug offenses, including the sale or possession of various types of drugs.  Crimes and penalties can change with each legislative session.

For information on Minnesota laws related to controlled substances. go to:

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