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2014 Florida Statutes

F.S. 561.57
561.57 Deliveries by licensees.
(1) Vendors shall be permitted to make deliveries away from their places of business of sales actually made at the licensed place of business; provided, telephone or mail orders received at vendor’s licensed place of business shall be construed as a sale actually made at the vendor’s licensed place of business.
(2) Deliveries made by a manufacturer, distributor, or vendor away from his or her place of business may be made only in vehicles which are owned or leased by the licensee. By acceptance of an alcoholic beverage license and the use of such vehicles, the licensee agrees that such vehicle shall always be subject to be inspected and searched without a search warrant, for the purpose of ascertaining that all provisions of the alcoholic beverage laws are complied with, by authorized employees of the division and also by sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and police officers during business hours or other times the vehicle is being used to transport or deliver alcoholic beverages.
(3) A licensed vendor may transport alcoholic beverage purchases from a distributor’s place of business to the vendor’s licensed premises or off-premises storage, if the vehicle used to transport the alcoholic beverages is owned or leased by the vendor or any person who has been disclosed on a license application filed by the vendor and approved by the division and a valid vehicle permit has been issued for such vehicle. A vehicle owned or leased by a person disclosed on a license application filed by the vendor and approved by the division under this subsection must be operated by such person when transporting alcoholic beverage purchases from a distributor’s place of business to the vendor’s licensed premises or off-premises storage.
(4) A vehicle permit may be obtained by a licensed vendor or any person authorized in subsection (3) upon application and payment of a fee of $5 per vehicle to the division. The signature of the person authorized in subsection (3) must be included on the vehicle permit application. Such permit remains valid and does not expire unless the vendor or any person authorized in subsection (3) disposes of his or her vehicle, or the vendor’s alcoholic beverage license is transferred, canceled, not renewed, or is revoked by the division, whichever occurs first. The division shall cancel a vehicle permit issued to a vendor upon request from the vendor. The division shall cancel a vehicle permit issued to any person authorized in subsection (3) upon request from that person or the vendor. By acceptance of a vehicle permit, the vendor or any person authorized in subsection (3) agrees that such vehicle is always subject to inspection and search without a search warrant, for the purpose of ascertaining that all provisions of the alcoholic beverage laws are complied with, by authorized employees of the division and also by sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and police officers during business hours or other times that the vehicle is being used to transport or deliver alcoholic beverages. A vehicle permit issued under this subsection and invoices or sales tickets for alcoholic beverages purchased and transported must be carried in the vehicle used by the vendor or any person authorized in subsection (3) when the vendor’s alcoholic beverages are being transported or delivered.
(5) Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit deliveries by the licensee from his or her permitted storage area or deliveries by a distributor from the manufacturer to his or her licensed premises; nor shall a pool buying agent be prohibited from transporting pool purchases to the licensed premises of his or her members with the licensee’s owned or leased vehicles, and in such cases, no vehicle permit shall be required in the transporting of such alcoholic beverages. In addition, a licensed salesperson of wine and spirits is authorized to deliver alcoholic beverages in his or her vehicle on behalf of the distributor without having to obtain a vehicle permit.
(6) Common carriers are not required to have vehicle permits to transport alcoholic beverages.
History.s. 11(c), ch. 16774, 1935; CGL 1936 Supp. 4151(237); s. 1, ch. 20830, 1941; s. 17, ch. 25359, 1949; s. 32, ch. 57-420; s. 14, ch. 63-562; ss. 16, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 72-230; s. 6, ch. 88-308; s. 851, ch. 97-103; s. 1, ch. 2013-170.