Keg Tag Registration FAQs

Q: Who should I contact for more information? 
A: The Michigan Liquor Control Commission Enforcement Division - 517-284-6330.

Q: Where do I go to find the keg tag order form?

A. Under the Executive Services section of the MLCC forms page or by clicking this link.

Q: How much is the booklet of tags?

A. Free to retail licensees.

Q. I bought a keg before the keg tags were available, therefore my keg has no tag. How do I get my deposit back? 

A. The law, MCL 436.2030 states that a retailer is to "refuse to return the keg deposit if the identification tag is not attached when returned".

Q. How were we supposed to find out about this new requirement, if the MLCC did not mail out a notice to us?

A. While there is significant cost to the MLCC for complying with this new requirement, it is important that licensees not be hit with the costs of obtaining the tags. To offset the cost of providing the tags to the licensees for free, the MLCC is working with industry groups, social media and news outlets to get the word out about this new requirement. This legislation was signed into law last year and now that the lengthy process of getting the tags designed and printed is finished we have given licensees one month to comply. 

Q. I just received the keg registration tags. (I own a liquor store) What records do I need to keep for kegs returned to our store that we didn't sell? And how long do I need to keep the keg registration receipt, since the keg can be returned to any store? I'm already getting push back from some of my customers about have their address, driver's license number and date of birth being posted on the keg! ID thief is a really problem!


A. There is nothing in the statute that requires a retailer to keep any records for kegs returned to the store that the retailer did not sell. The only requirement in the statute is that a retailer maintains a copy of the receipt for not less than 30 days after the date the keg was returned.


The only thing that should be on the keg is the small tag with initials, which does not have any information regarding their address, driver's license number or date of birth. The customer gets the large yellow sticker as a receipt, while the store keeps the white carbon copy.


Q: What if someone purchases a keg from another store and they want to return it to my store...Can that not happen any longer?

A: That should not be an issue; anyone can still return a keg to any store. The keg however, should be tagged.  It should also be noted that there are no rules or regulations that require a retailer to take back a keg that they did not sell to the customer. 

Q: What happens to my customers that only buys one or two kegs a year and don't bring in the empty keg until they need a new one? There are lots of kegs out there now that don't have tags on them...we're not to pay the deposit back to the customer if there is no tag! We're going to have a lot of upset people!

A: This new requirement was passed and signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm, and the requirement says that kegs sold to customers on November 1 and after must have tags on them.  In order to return a keg deposit to a customer that returns a keg without a tag, the keg must be returned before November 1, 2011. If you know you have customers who wait to return kegs until they need one, you may wish to notify them of this practice so as to avoid the unpleasant situation of not getting a deposit back.

Quick Information:

According MCL 436.2030, the retailer will not return the keg deposit to the purchaser of beer if the tag is not attached to the keg upon its return. The individual signing the receipt does so with the understanding that he/she agrees not to damage the keg and not to remove or alter the attached identification tag. The individual signing the receipt does so with the understanding that he/she is subject to liability of serving the beer to any minor. A person not licensed as a retailer or wholesaler by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and who removes the keg identification tag, allows the removal of the keg, and/or provides false information in the purchase of the beer keg is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500, or both.

Licensees selling kegs of beer for off premises consumption capable of holding 5 gallons or more must do the following:

- Require the purchaser to provide a driver license (from any state) or Michigan identification card confirming the purchaser to be at least 21 year of age. If purchaser is not at least 21 years of age do not proceed. Such identification shall contain a photograph, signature of the subject's date of birth. (College or university identification is not valid identification.)

- Fill out a Keg Registration Declaration & Receipt making sure the information is correct.

- List type of ID, ID number and date of birth on the bottom of Keg Registration Declaration & Receipt.

- After you have filled out the Keg Registration Declaration & Receipt, have the purchaser fill out and sign the Card. You may sell up to 4 kegs to the purchaser using the small sequential tags located to the right of the Card. Purchaser must initial designated area on each sequential tag used. If more than 4 kegs are sold you must use a new card.

- Peel the registrations tags (small yellow keg sticker) from the book and attach it to the side of the keg near the top. Keg surfaces must be dry. It is best to apply the registration tags (small yellow tag sticker) while the keg is in the cooler.

- Keg retailers shall maintain complete and accurate records of all keg registrations of the sale of kegs at the licensed establishment for not less than 30 days after the date the keg was returned. Moreover, such records regarding keg sales shall, during reasonable hours, be open to inspection by the Commission, MLCC Investigators or other law enforcement officers.