Iowa law requires all alcoholic beverages retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, importers and brokers to apply for and obtain a license or permit before doing business in the state.
The licensing process for Iowa liquor license and beer, spirits, and wine permit holders is entirely online.
To get started, log onto e-Licensing.
The Division has created an Electronic Licensing User Guide which can be downloaded as a PDF file. If you have questions regarding the application process, contact the Division's licensing section toll-free at 866.IowaABD (866.469.2223) (select option 1), locally and outside Iowa, call 515.281.7400 (select option 1), or by email at licensing@IowaABD.com. The Division's licensing staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM.
The Division's electronic licensing application has a Help feature built directly into the system. In order to access the Help feature, click on the HELP button to view the entire Electronic Licensing User Guide. Alternatively, you can click the HELP icon in any screen (located in the upper right corner), and go directly to the Help for that particular section.
Just starting your business? Visit the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) website. If your business sells food on-site or to go, visit IDR to learn which foods are taxable and which are exempt.