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.
There are a variety of ways that you can submit your New or Renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, please make sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) with the submittal.
1. In an effort to protect public safety, in-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is being offered by appointment only. Please visit our appointments website to make an appointment.
2. All license applications not available online can be submitted via email, EXLSubmit@denvergov.org, during this health crisis. Please visit our email application process page for more information on submitting email applications.
3. You may also mail in your application with fees to:
City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202
Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance
You may also pay for your applications online or via phone once you have submitted your application to Excise and Licenses. We will send you an invoice and you may pay virtually. Please visit our online payment process page for more information on how to submit payment for your applications.
For questions, please email email@example.com or call 311.
Excise and Licenses will not offer fingerprinting services on site. This website offers information on fingerprinting services authorized by Colorado Applicant Background Services.
View the Schedule of Public Hearings.
Please note: This schedule may not be comprehensive, and is intended to serve as a guide only. For more information about liquor and cabaret license hearings in your neighborhood, please contact your city councilperson or your Registered Neighborhood Organization.
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.
All hearings held by the Department of Excise and Licenses are governed by the Department's Hearing Policies and Procedures. These Policies and Procedures 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.
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All documents should be submitted in duplicate.
Where to Submit . . .
Submit completed application forms to the Department of Excise and Licenses.