Responsible Vendor Program (RVP)

Welcome to the Responsible Vendor Program (RVP)

The RVP is an agency administered compliance training program for spirits retail licensees. It is designed to encourage licensees to adopt specific best practices to prevent sales to minors. Licensees who join the RVP and maintain all of the program’s requirements are not subject to the doubling of penalties for a single violation in any period of 12 calendar months.

The program includes Beer and Wine retailers selling alcohol for off-premises consumption. Retailers who join the RVP and maintain all of the program’s requirements are eligible to defer their first public safety violation in a two year period. If there are no further public safety violations within that two-year period, the violation is dismissed.

The RVP is a free self-monitoring and voluntary program. However, licensees who wish to conduct Spirit Samplings at their location, RVP is required.

Benefits of being an RVP member

RVP members actively contribute to the public safety of their communities. Any retailer participating in the RVP who meets and maintains all of the program requirements may be eligible to receive a reduced sanction from the WSLCB if they are cited for a public safety violation.

  • Spirits Retailer: the standard penalty will be assessed instead of a double penalty (once a year).
  • Beer/Wine Retailer: the option to take a deferment for a first time public safety violation (once in two years).
  • Retailers could also potentially increase their protection against civil actions in third party liability lawsuits.

Program requirements

  • Establish and enforce “house policies” for alcohol sales. All employees must read and sign the house policies and understand:
    • The acceptable forms of ID at your business.
    • How to properly check ID.
    • The consequences for selling spirits to a minor or apparently intoxicated person.
  • Post the house policies in an area that is visible to all employees.
  • Post signs to deter the illegal purchase of alcohol by patrons.
  • Have an on-going employee training plan including:
    • Train employees in responsible sales before selling alcohol.
    • Repeat the training at least once a year.
  • Maintain an alcohol sales management policy to promote best practices.
  • Keep your training records for three years.
  • Once certified, post the member certification in an area that is highly visible to the public such as the main entry.

Sample RVP employee training materials
The WSLCB can provide a sample house alcohol policy, signs deterring the illegal purchase of alcohol and employee training materials. You may use the sample program as provided or incorporate them into your own program.

How to apply
If you already meet the program requirements and want to become a member of the Responsible Vendor Program, please fill out the application and submit all required documents. Upon review of the application and the required documents, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will either:

  • Certify the retailer and send RVP member Certificate if the application is complete and met the program standards and requirements; or
  • Notify the licensee of the area(s) the application did not meet the program standards and requirements.

Grocery Employee Training
The WSLCB now offers online Responsible Alcohol Sales Training. Participants can take the online class, complete the quiz and print out their certificate from home.  

Contact us
Phone: 360-664-1727 or (360) 664-1728

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