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The Board of License Commissioners regulates the retail sale of alcoholic beverages within Anne Arundel County.  Businesses and other organizations must obtain a liquor license prior to distributing and selling alcoholic beverages.  

There are various types of license. Visit the list of license types for more information.

New License

There are several requirements and information to be submitted prior to obtaining a new liquor license. Click on the link below to review a document containing a list of submission requirements and instructions.

Submission Requirements

One-Day License

A One-Day license allows non-profit organizations, clubs, associations, societies and groups of people to hold one-time events where alcoholic beverages are served and/or consumed.  Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about One-Day Licenses.

Instructions for a One-Day Liquor License

Our building is locked and closed to the public. There are no walk-ins allowed at this time.

A full copy of the application must be submitted via email to [email protected] or by using the Liquor Board drop-box (located outside of 2660 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD.) at least ten (10) days prior to the event. Once you have been contacted, an appointment will be made to pick up your license.

All COVID restrictions will apply. If you email your application, the original application and check or money order will be required to be submitted at the time of license pick up. If the drop-box is used, submit all originals at that time.

​Application for a One-Day Liquor License

All one day licenses must be issued to three (3) people attending the event and over 21 years of age. All three (3) signatures must be notarized. A copy of each applicant's driver's license must also be provided (front only).

The three (3) people who sign the application must complete the following:

  • Complete Name
  • Title (Bride, Groom, Mother, Father, Member, Vice President, etc.)
  • Phone Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Complete Address (Street, City, State, Zip Code)
  • Sign - Your signature must be notarized
  • All three (3) applicants must attend the event & must be over 21 years old
  • All three (3) applicants must provide a copy of their drivers license (front only)

If there is to be entertainment at the event, list type of entertainment and name (i.e. Band (name)/Acoustic/Piano/DJ/Computer/iPod)

You must supply a copy of: 

  • Invitations/Evites/Announcements/Tickets/Flyers (provide proof or details acknowledging the event)
  • If this is the first time your organization/club is applying you must supply copies of your Articles of Incorporation/By-Laws/Minutes of a meeting at the time of filing.
  • Proof of Non-Profit Status: (Tax ID #, Federal No. and/or State No.) or (501(c)(3)
  • The property owner, hall manager, etc. (where the event is being held) must complete the back portion of form (statement of owner of premises) - sign, witness and date.


  • Classic C (Beer, Wine) is $25.00
  • Class C (Beer, Wine, Liquor) is $50.00
  • Payment by check or money orders only. Make payable to AACO Liquor Board.
  • NO CASH or bank/credit/debit cards are accepted!

License Changes

Making changes and/or transferring an existing license requires specific information to be submitted.   Please view the applicable link below to view specific submission requirements / instructions.

Transfer a License
Upgrade a License
Downgrade a License
Add a Special License
Change an Officer - Club
Change an Officer - Majority Stockholder
Change an Officer - Minority Stockholder


2011 D Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1148