Department of Liquor Control

The Department of Liquor Control provides the administrative services for the Liquor Control Commission. It investigates all applications for liquor licenses and provides data to enable the Commission to properly execute its duties. The Department has police powers to enforce the liquor laws, and inspects all liquor licensed premises to ensure compliance with the State liquor laws and the Commission’s rules and regulations. It investigates all alleged violations and complaints, and reports all violations to the Commission.

The department, upon request, provides instructions on the State liquor laws and the Commission rules and regulations to the Police Department, bartenders, waitresses, and employees in liquor licensed premises.


Manager's Assistant Manager's Blue/Red Card Test Information

Effective April 1, 2022, The Liquor Department will be collecting a fee of $10 for the Red/Blue Card Exam and $10 for the issuance of the Red/Blue Card. The fee is to comply with Rule 7.8(b)-(c) and Rule 10.2 (c)-(d) of the Rules and Regulations of the Liquor Control Commission.

Red and Blue card testing will be done ONLINE ONLY via Microsoft Teams using your smartphone, tablet, or computer on Wednesday's and by appointment only (space is limited) Starting September 13, 2022 all exams will be moved to Tuesday's only. .  To schedule an appointment for the online testing click on "Schedule An Appointment" below. You will be required to provide a picture I.D. and pass a written exam in order to obtain a Red or Blue Card. Please contact our office should you have any questions. 

Schedule An Appointment 

After successfully registering you will receive an email from our office for further instructions.

As a reminder, as Rule 2.9(b) states: "Every licensee shall ensure that its employees involved with the sale of liquor are familiar with the rules of the commission and liquor laws of Hawai'i. No Training other than the material(s) provided by Department of Liquor Control can be used as a substitute to obtain a Red or Blue Card. Any claim by other organizations offering training which states that upon completion you will be certified to obtain a Red or Blue card is incorrect.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, or an interpreter for non-English speaking persons, contact our office at (808) 241-4966 or email as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request.



Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Direct Wine Shipper Permit

Effective November 15, 2022, Direct Shipment (Renewal or New) can be submitted online by clicking here

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Notice of Percentage Fees

Licensees are now able to make payments online by clicking Percentage Fee Payments. Due date for Percentage Fee payments will be October 30, 2022.