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This page contains a quick informational guide on Florida liquor licenses. The full process can be difficult. If you are looking to purchase or sell a liquor license in Okaloosa County Florida, please select buy or sell from the choices below and fill out the contact form to receive information or help.

Liquor License Application Documents Needed.


  1. A Completed Application Form for Transfers: You can find more information on the Application Form 6002.

  2. Right of occupancy documents

  3. Sketch of Premises: A prepared a sketch of the business to submit with your application.

  4. Zoning Approval (if applicable): Get a zoning approval document and include it in your liquor license application. Contact the local city zoning board to determine if the location you want to purchase a Florida liquor license for is zoned for serving alcohol.

  5. Fingerprinting

  6. Clearance from the Department of Revenue

  7. Federal Employer’s Identification Number: Make sure your business is properly registered with the state of Florida. You will need to have a federal employer’s identification number.

  8. Social Security Number (if applicable): Gather the social security numbers for anyone who will be on the liquor license application.

  9. Certified copies of arrest disposition (if applicable): Get a certified copy of arrest disposition if necessary. You may also need to fill out a “mitigation for moral character” form.

  10. Provide a surety bond (for manufacturers and distributors only)

Get Financing if Needed.

Starting a new business can be complicated and you may need some financing for your liquor license. We make it fairly easy to obtain, simply contact our liquor license financier to obtain a loan. They typically offer different levels of financing to get a business going.​

Where to Submit Application Forms.

Once you have all the necessary documents for a liquor license in your County, submit them in person to the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Bureau of Licensing for review and approval of your license application.

The application may also be mailed to your local Division office, sent by regular or overnight mail to the Central licensing office, or by making an appointment with the DBPR licensing personnel.

Where to Purchase a Liquor License in Florida.


  1. Florida liquor license lottery: The fee for entering is $100 per application, per county. Having multiple entries can increase the odds of winning even if they won't be in a single county.

  2. Purchase from an existing holder: This is the most common method for businesses looking to get off the ground quickly. Typically it's best to find a liquor license broker or liquor license financier to help. Price varies per county. The license cannot be transferred from one county to another.

Which Type of Florida Liquor License do I need?

  1. Quota License: This license can be used in a package-liquor store (PS), bar or a restaurant facility (COP) that is unable to meet the SRS requirements.

  2. SRS Restaurant License: A special restaurant license that can be applied for year-round if 51% or more of sales at an establishment is for food and the location meets the size limit and seating capacity regulated by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Bureau of Licensing.

  3. Beer and Wine License: A limited license that can be applied for directly from the Florida ABT and can be used in either a convenience store, bar, or restaurant setting.

Additionally, these are broken down into subcategories of liquor licenses, each have a set of rules and terms that may apply based on the type of business you own.

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