Tennessee ABC Rolls Out New Form for Liquor License Holders

Tennessee ABC Rolls Out New Form for Liquor License Holders

Newsflash for all liquor license holders in Tennessee. The Alcoholic Beverage Commission has a new form for the dreaded ABC Declaration of Citizenship.

Over the past year or so, restaurants, bars, wholesalers, distilleries and other liquor license holders have learned about a new Tennessee ABC requirement: a Declaration of Citizenship must be filed for each owner and officer. The ABC requires declarations for renewals and new applications.

Most of the information for the declaration is already disclosed on ABC Questionnaires. The declaration adds two new requirements: disclosing full middle names and a copy of a driver's license or other proof of citizenship.

For owners and officers that are not US citizens, a copy of a green card or other proof of legal rights to be in the US is required.

We find ourselves humming Sting's 1988 hit "I'm an Englishman in New York"

I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien

I'm an Englishman in New York

Unlike some folks in the back of the house, Sting sings of his pride in being a legal - as opposed to illegal - alien.

The ABC declaration is generally regarded as a pain and an example of useless red tape. We suspect that ABC officials quietly think the same. It is the result of a classic unfunded federal mandate.

Today, August 20, 2013, we learned that the Tennessee ABC published a new form for the Declaration of Citizenship. Although the new form asks for two forms of identification, the ABC informs us that supplying the last four digits of the social security number in response to question 11 will be accepted.

Here is the new form:

ABC Declaration of Citizenship 2013 with SSN

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