Bartender (Operator) Licenses


The bartender (operator) license is required per state statutes chapter 125.17. This license is a two-year license expiring June 30. The licensing fee is $70 and must be paid upon application. An additional $10 will be charged per person to cover the cost of the background check. Please note that the City does not take Credit Cards. Cash or check only.

Approval Process

Upon submitting your Bartender License Application (PDF), a background check will be completed. The application will then go to the Common Council for consideration. If the record check reveals any discrepancies, the Common Council has the authority to deny the application, at which time all fees will be forfeited.

Responsible Beverage Server’s Course

State law requires that applicants complete an approved responsible beverage server’s course if they have neither held a license nor completed the course within the last two years. Proof must be supplied before a license will be issued. The course is offered through various sources:

Additional Application Forms

Bartender License Application - Renewal (PDF)
Bartender License Application - Temporary (PDF) (up to two weeks)
Bartender License Application - Provisional (PDF) (up to 60 days, only available if applying for Original Bartender License simultaneously)

Contact Information

For additional information about licensing please contact Rubina Medina, Deputy Clerk / Licensing Specialist at (262) 754-1838.