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Liquor Licensing Division

Welcome to the Liquor Licensing Division of the Department of Excise and Licenses.  Colorado liquor and beer retail licenses are issued by both the City and State licensing authorities.

New: There is a new form that has been created to be used to re-issue a license if the license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than 180 days. The form is called DR8407. Please follow the directions carefully. 

Appointments for new licenses, renewals, transfers or modifications of existing licenses will be accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm.

Please Note: 1 application per appointment. You can check-in 15 minutes early to appointment. You will not be able to check-in late for an appointment.

Cabaret Licenses

You must have a liquor license in conjunction with a cabaret license.


Public Hearings

Public hearings are required before obtaining a new liquor license, a transfer of location, cabaret or a modification to building premises.

View the Schedule of Public Hearings.




All documents submitted for renewal, including Colorado State applications, must be submitted to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. Click here for more instructions.


No paperwork should be sent back to the Colorado State offices


Policies and Procedures

The policies and procedures pertaining to liquor and 3.2 beer licenses of the Department of Excise and Licenses have been written to interpret and implement the state statutes and municipal ordinances.

They set forth the standard practices of the Department for informational and guidance purposes only and may be modified or adapted in the discretion of the Director of the Department, as required to address particular matters and to the extent permitted by law.

EL Liquor 3 2 Beer and Cabaret Policies


Fingerprinting Information

Fingerprint Information

Documents in Duplicate

All documents should be submitted in duplicate.

  • One set for the Department of Excise and Licenses office
  • One set is sent to the state of Colorado office.

Where to Submit . . .
Submit completed application forms to the Department of Excise and Licenses.

Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Chapter 6 - Alcohol

Fees:  Chapter 32

State Statutes

Colorado StatuesColorado Liquor and Beer Laws