Did you know it’s illegal to bring purchased alcohol into Utah?


SOUTHERN UTAH (ABC4 News)- If you were hoping to pick up a bottle or can of your favorite adult beverage on Christmas Day, you were most likely out of luck, simply because the DABC and all of its stores were closed. But in Southern Utah, while it’s a risk, the DABC is not your only choice.

It involves a roughly 30-minute drive to Mesquite, Nev. where liquor sales are handled by private retail stores, at least one of which was open on the holiday.

ABC4’s Greg Neft took a quick glance of this privately owned liquor store’s parking lot in Mesquite and spotted at least 10 Utah license plates. If those people intend to purchase alcohol and bring it back home, they are technically breaking the law. 

According to the DABC website, “only the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) may lawfully have liquor products imported and shipped into Utah. Private individuals may not lawfully import or transport them into the state.”

There are very few exceptions to these laws. A person coming from a foreign country who clears U.S. customs in Utah may possess, for personal consumption, two liters of liquor purchased outside of Utah.

Also, a person who moves his permanent residence to Utah or maintains separate residences both in and out of Utah, may possess for personal consumption, and not for sale or resale, liquor purchased outside of Utah. 

Now you might want to plan ahead because the DABC says it will be closed on New Year’s Day as well. 

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