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Direct Shipper License
Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) exercises complete control of the
alcoholic beverage traffic in
The MLCC Commissioners are appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate. Of the five members, no more than three can be of the same political party. The Commissioners' terms of office are for four years with rotating expiration dates. Two of the Commissioners (one Democrat and one Republican) serve as Hearing Commissioners and conduct hearings on violations of the Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998 (Code) and Administrative Rules of the MLCC (Rules). The remaining three Commissioners are designated as the Administrative Commissioners and are responsible for administering the provisions of the Code and Rules in the areas of licensing, enforcement, purchasing, merchandising, and distribution.
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Direct Shipper License
General Rules (R 436.1001 - 436.1063)
Wines (R 436.1702 - 436.1749)
1. Applicability (activities that require the license)
A Direct Shipper is a person, located in this state or
outside of this state but in the
2. Pre-Application Requirements
An applicant for a Michigan Direct Shipper License must have an existing Federal Basic Permit issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The application forms for the Federal Basic Permit may be obtained from the TTB web site.
An applicant for a Direct Shipper License must also have
a license to manufacture wine in this state or outside of this state but in the
3. Application Submission Requirements
Completed and executed Application for New Licenses or Application of Buyers for Transfer of Ownership or Interest in License (LC-MW-102) in the name of the applicant individual, applicant corporation, applicant limited liability company, applicant general partner, and/or applicant general partner of a limited partnership.
Copy of the license in the name of the applicant for the manufacture of wine issued by the state in which the wine manufacturing facility is located.
Copy of the Federal Basic Permit in the name of the applicant issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
License fees in the amount of $100.00 for the Direct
Shipper License requested. Please make your check or money order payable to the
4. Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval
The application is submitted to the Michigan Liquor
Upon receipt of all required forms, documents, and fees the MLCC Licensing Division prepares the completed application file for review and consideration by the MLCC Administrative Commissioners at a regularly scheduled Licensing Meeting. The MLCC Administrative Commissioners review the information provided in the application files to determine whether the application should be approved, denied, or held for further information. The MLCC Administrative Commissioners advise the Licensing Division of their decision at the regularly scheduled Licensing Meeting.
The MLCC Licensing Division then prepares an Order based upon the decision of the MLCC Administrative Commissioners. The applicant is advised of the decisions of the MLCC Administrative Commissioners as follows:
o If approved a Fee Statement letter or Checklist is prepared requesting the forms, documents and fees required to complete the application.
o If denied a Notice of Denial together with the MLCC Order advising of the basis of the denial and the right to an appeal hearing is sent to the applicant.
The applicant, if approved, then completes and returns all requested forms, documents and fees to the MLCC Lansing office.
The applicant, if denied, determines whether to request an appeal of the denial of the licensing application. The request for a hearing must be received in the MLCC Lansing office within 20 days from the date of the mailing of the decision of the denial. Appeal hearings of licensing decisions are generally held in the MLCC Lansing office on Tuesdays and in the MLCC Farmington office on Thursdays.
5. Operational Requirements
The license must be renewed each year by May 1. The license is effective May 1 through April 30. The license is generally renewed upon application and payment of the renewal fee, unless there is a hold on the renewal of the license for violations, objection to renewal by the Michigan Department of Treasury, dissolution of the licensed corporation, and other such things which would prevent the timely renewal of the license. If the reason for the hold on the renewal of the license is not resolved by May 1, the sale (which includes furnishing and giving away) and manufacture of alcoholic beverages must cease until the reason for the hold is resolved and the license is renewed. The license renewal fee is the same as the license fee. License or renewal fees are not prorated.
A Michigan licensed Direct Shipper must place a label on the top of the panel of the shipping container containing the Direct Shipper license number, the order number, the name and address of the individual placing the order and the name of the designated recipient, if different, from the name of the individual placing the order.
A Michigan licensed Direct Shipper must consent and submit to the jurisdiction of the MLCC, the Michigan Department of Treasury and the courts of this state concerning enforcement of this section and any related laws, rules and regulations.
$100 initial license fee.
$100 renewal fee each year by May 1
7. Appeal Process
If a license application is denied, the aggrieved license
applicant may request an appeal hearing. This request must be made in writing
The Hearings and Appeals Section of the Executive Services Division will notify the applicant of the day, date, and time of the scheduled appeal hearing. Appeal hearings of licensing decisions are generally held in the MLCC Lansing office on Tuesdays and in the MLCC Farmington office on Thursdays.
8. Public Input Opportunities
There is no opportunity for public input on this application for a Direct Shipper License
E. Contact Information:
October 8, 2010
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