Idaho State Liquor Division
The mission of the Idaho State Liquor Division is to provide control over the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of distilled spirits; curtail intemperate use of beverage alcohol; and responsibly optimize the net revenues to the citizens of Idaho.
The vision of the Idaho State Liquor Division is to be the most respected and highest performing purveyor of distilled spirits in the U.S.A.
The Governor's Message
My Fellow Idahoans,
The 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States ended the era known as Prohibition. Authority for the regulation of the importation, distribution, and sale of beverage alcohol was returned to the states. Their charge was to oversee alcohol regulation according to the sensibilities of their citizens. Idaho chose a model of enhanced oversight for distilled spirits.
The Idaho State Liquor Division’s excellent compliance in preventing underage sales of beverage alcohol is evidence of our attention to responsible service. In 2018, out of the millions of transactions at retail in Division-operated stores, there was not one instance of citation for sale to underage persons. Not one.
Additionally, the Division continued its collaboration with the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association for, the Community Coalitions of Idaho, among other groups. These awards made a difference in our communities for local law enforcement and the Idaho State Police, local citizens, and state agencies focused on preventing the harm caused by irresponsible use and underage drinking.
As Idaho’s thriving economy and population continue to grow, the Division has responded to that changing marketplace with superior selection, excellent customer service, and convenient but limited outlet density.
The Division receives no General Fund dollars. Rather, it operates on the revenues generated by its sales. In Fiscal Year 2018, the distributions to cities, counties, community colleges, substance abuse treatment, and general government totaled more than $78,500,000.
The Division serves Idahoans all across the Gem State, regardless of whether they consume distilled spirits. The retail leases paid to private-sector landlords, the in-state transportation services provided by Idaho businesses, and Idahoans employed in the communities served are all examples of the meaningful benefits of this system.
Responsibility is in the DNA of the associates at the Idaho State Liquor Division.
The Division truly is Citizen Owned for the Benefit of All.