Virginia direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipping rules and regulations

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Virginia wine taxes, permits, and rules

Last Updated:

08/01/2021

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Permitting

DTC Permit Required: Yes

Permit Type: DTC Permit

Permit Fee: $230, plus one-time $195 fee

Permit Expiration: 1 year from issue date

Permit Bond: No

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Sales tax

State Sales Tax: Yes

State Sales Tax Rate: 4.300%

Local Sales Tax: Yes

Local Sales Tax Range: 0%-2.7%

Sales Tax on Shipping: No

Excise

Alcohol tax

Wine and Beer Excise Taxes: $0.40/L

Shipping

Volume limits

Consumer Limit: Two cases per person per month

Per State Aggregate: Unlimited

Reporting

Returns

Required? Yes

Sales Tax: Monthly by the 20th

Use Tax: N/A

Excise Tax: Monthly by the 15th

Direct Shipment: Monthly by the 15th

Record Retention: At least 2 years

Requirements

Product requirements*

Product Restrictions: Submit a list identifying all wine products that will be sold directly to consumers. Submit copies of federal label approvals for any products not approved for wholesale distribution.

Product Registration: The sale and movement of wine products into and within the state of Virginia as well as the approval of product labels and franchise agreements is regulated by Virginia ABC. Prior to being sold within the state, all wine must be approved by the Virginia ABC Board.

Registration Fees: A non-efundable one-time application fee of $195 and license fee of $230 is required to be submitted with the application for a license.

Product Requirements: All licensees shipping wine or beer shall affix a conspicuous notice in 16-point type or larger to the outside of each package of wine or beer shipped within or into Virginia, in a conspicuous location stating: “CONTAINS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; SIGNATURE OF PERSON AGED 21 YEARS OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY.”

*Nearly all states have some kind of rule regarding how wine must be labeled when being shipped direct to consumer. Please check for the unique rule for your state.

Information

Additional information

Virginia DOR site

Please note: Tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this page is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.

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