A common misconception is that a liquor license and a bartending license are one in the same. This is not true.
To be licensed bartender in Clark County means that one has met and completed all of the state/county legal criteria to serve and/or handle alcoholic beverages. This individual must possess three cards:
1. Sheriff’s Card (Work Card/Work Permit)— Sheriff’s Cards are required for all positions in a gaming establishment and many other work places. The purpose of the Work Card or Permit is to document, investigate and license all employees of the gaming and liquor industry.
2. Health Card—Health Cards are required for people who work in specific industries within Nevada, including food/beverage handlers.
3. TAM® Card (Drink Card/Alcohol Education Card)—Anyone who works at an establishment as a server, seller or security guard must receive alcohol awareness training and obtain a TAM® Card.
For MOBE or similar, it is required by the letter of the law to possess a liquor catering license. This is a state issued license by the Liquor and Gaming Division of Clark County, which also permits the distribution and sale of alcohol, as well as gaming throughout all of Clark County. These are not easy to obtain or maintain, as operating under this special clearance mandates very specific policies and guidelines. In addition, every MOBE staff member possesses all 3 required cards. We love providing our customers with the assurance of being legitimized, covered, and worry free.
Make sure you do your research when inquiring about bar service for your next event. Ask about liquor liability, insurance, and (if necessary) ask for a Liquor License Number.
Don’t make the simple mistake of opting for a “licensed bartender” as it does NOT ensure legal coverage. We know all of this may sound confusing – if you have any questions please feel free to contact us! We’re here to help you…after all, this is what we do.