Liquor Laws 1.4

When it comes to minors and selling or serving alcohol, in Nevada, a minor is considered any person under the age of 21 years. And the law in Nevada is simple – anyone under the age of 21 is not allowed to purchase or consume alcohol (NRS 202.020, Clark County Code 8.20.340, Washoe County Code 30.235).

There are a few exceptions to NRS 202.020 which says it is against the law in Nevada for a minor to alcohol in their possession.

The exceptions are:

  • A minor may possess alcohol for an established religious purpose. (Communion Wine, etc.)
  • A parent or legal guardian (who is at least 21 years of age) may give alcohol to their child. However, there are three important conditions:
    1. The minor must be their child. (No nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, etc.).
    2. The alcohol must be given inside their home or dwelling place. (Minors may not drink alcohol in a public place including restaurants).
    3. The parent or legal guardian who is giving alcohol to the minor must be with the minor at the time.
  • A minor may possess alcohol if it is prescribed by a licensed physician.
  • A minor may handle or transport alcohol (sealed) if he or she works for a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer.

NRS 202.030 indicates minors are not allowed to loiter on premises where alcohol is sold. For instance, a minor may walk freely throughout a grocery store but are prohibited from the alcohol aisles. For instance, a minor dine at a restaurant where liquor is served but they are not permitted to dine within the bar area.