Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about career opportunities at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Does ABC accept lateral transfers from other California State Departments?

Yes, however transfers are determined on a candidates highest list appointment in state service and the candidate has to the meet minimum qualifications and all transfer rules to be eligible for a transfer.

Can I submit an application online?

At this time, you can only submit an application online for a job vacancy. If you are applying for an exam, you must submit a state application to The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95834.

When is the next exam?

Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis. Applications received will be scheduled for the next available examination. A list of testing dates and locations can be found on the Exam Bulletin.

Where can I find information on salary and benefits?

How can I apply for Veterans' Preference?

The Veterans' Preference application form is available at the written test or you can download the form from the CalHR website. Please send the completed form to the California Department of Human Resources address indicated on the form.

What are some factors that may lengthen my background investigation?

  • Having lived and worked in another part of the state, out of state, and/or a large number of past residences and employers
  • Inability to access necessary records
  • Numerous applications with other law enforcement agencies
  • Extensive driving/criminal history
  • Failure to provide your background investigator with addresses or telephone numbers for critical contacts
  • Medical and/or psychological evaluations

What information will I need to gather for my background investigation?

  • Residential history for the last 10 years (or since the age of 15), including addresses, landlords, and roommates.
  • Entire employment history including addresses, phone numbers, supervisors, and co-workers
  • All legal history and associated reports
  • All traffic citations received in the past 7 years and associated reports (including copies of citations and accident reports, if possible)
  • Vehicle insurance policies
  • Vehicle registration cards
  • Birth certificate, certified copy issued by the State
  • Marriage and dissolution of marriage certificates
  • Knowledge of your credit history - Free at Annual credit report
  • Social Security Card
  • High school transcript(s) (Certified)
  • College transcript(s) (Certified)
  • Military records and DD214 - Veterans' Service Records

What if I have used marijuana, other illegal drugs, and/or gotten a DUI?

Experimental use of marijuana or other drugs may not be a disqualifying factor. The frequency, dates, and specific circumstances will be evaluated to determine your level of qualification. This also pertains to DUI convictions.


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