FAQ's for Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)

When do I have to have a MAST permit?
The MAST permit is required within 60 days of the initial hire. If you are conducting a sampling or tasting at an approved location, you must be able to present your Class 12 permit. There is no grace period allowed for people conducting alcohol tastings to obtain a MAST permit.

How long is an alcohol server permit good for?
The permits are good for five years and will expire on the first day of the month after the month you took your test. For example, if you took the test on October 20, 2015 your permit will expire on November 1, 2020.

How much does it cost to get a MAST permit?
Costs vary. The WSLCB does not regulate the cost of classes. Most independent trainers charge $30 to $45 for class room training and online programs range from $10 to $30.

How long does my class have to be?
Your class must be a minimum of three hours long with an exam afterwards.

Can I get a temporary permit?
No. There is no temporary permit. You have 60 days to obtain a permit after your initial hire date. If you take the course online, you may receive a certificate stating you completed the MAST course however; it is not a temporary permit. Your provider will mail you the permit within 30 days.

Can my permit be emailed or faxed?
No. The WSLCB and your provider maintain your permit record however they do not keep a copy of your permit. Based on the record, the WSLCB or your provider may issue a new permit with the original expiration date. If you need to replace your permit, send a completed Affidavit of Lost/Replacement Permit to the WSLCB or contact your provider. Your will receive your permit in the mail.   

Can I pay online or over the phone for a permit replacement?
At this time, the WSLCB does not accept payment online for permit book orders or replacement permits. However your provider who issued your permit may accept online or phone payments.

Can I get a replacement permit in person?
The WSLCB only issues permits out of the office located at 1025 Union Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We suggest you arrive no later than 4:45pm  to complete the "Affidavit of Lost or Replacement Mixologist/Server Permit" form.  No appointment is needed. Cash, check or money order only; debit or credit cards are not accepted.

Why am I required to provide my Social Security Number (SSN)?
RCW 26.23.150 requires that the WSLCB obtain a SSN for each MAST permit holder in order to assist in child support enforcement as required by federal law. To issue you a MAST permit, your provider needs to obtain your SSN. If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact the WSLCB at (360) 664-1727 or (360) 664-1728.

What if I do not have a SSN?
If you do not have a SSN due to your resident status in the U.S., tell your trainer or provider prior to registering for the course. 

What is the DSHS-Order of MAST Permit Suspension?
In accordance with RCW 74.20A.320, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Division of Child Support (DCS) certifies and requires the WSLCB to suspend or cancel the MAST permits of non-custodial parents who are at least six months in arrears on child support payments. Anyone with delinquent child support payments for more than six months may have their MAST permit suspended until the matter is resolved with DSHS.

What are the penalties for working without a valid MAST permit?
For those required to have a MAST permit, working without it beyond 60 days from the date of initial hire is against the law. Anyone violating this law may receive a criminal citation with a maximum $500 monetary penalty or up to 90 days in jail or both the fine and imprisonment. Your employer may also get a monetary fine or license suspension or both.     

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