July 2020

Program updates from the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program (RBSTP) team including regulations and rulemaking, timeline, training provider application process, and FAQs.

Regulations and Rulemaking Update

The RBSTP regulations were approved by OAL at the end of May 2020. The finalized regulations are available on the Approved Regulations page on our website.

On June 29, 2020, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 82 that changed the date for mandatory training for on-premises alcohol servers and their managers in the State of California to July 1, 2022. This change was made to alleviate financial strain on the hospitality industry caused by the COVID-19 state of emergency. Therefore, ABC’s implementation timeline and Go Live dates has been pushed out to allow for a smoother transition for mandatory RBS training courses. The updated project timeline is below.

Updated Anticipated RBS Project Timeline

  • Summer 2020 – Completion of RBS Server Exam design and development.
  • Winter 2020/2021 – Begin accepting RBS Training Provider applications and approval process.
  • Spring 2021 – Additional Public Outreach campaign for RBS Training.
  • Summer 2021 – Approved RBS Training Providers may begin training.
  • Summer 2022 – RBS training from an ABC approved RBS Training Providers is now mandatory for alcohol servers and the managers of alcohol servers in the State of California.

Training Provider Application Process

With the delayed start date for the implementation of the statewide RBS training by ABC authorized training providers, the application acceptance date has been pushed back to Winter 2020/2021. We are in the process of developing a checklist and user guide for training provider applicants, which will aid them in the application process. Those who are currently providing RBS training may continue do so; however, please note, that there are no RBS training programs approved by the Department at this time.

Due to the change of the RBS implementation date, we are still developing our adjusted timeline with regard to beta testing of the training provider application. We have identified Beta Testers and may be assigning roles and tasks throughout the next year as the need and timeline permit. We appreciate everyone who has expressed an interest in being part of the beta testing process for RBSTP.

Frequently Asked Questions

As we move closer to the implementation date, ABC has been getting lots of questions about who is required to be trained and certified under AB 1221. In addition, there are many questions about how the courses currently available are different from the approved RBS training courses that will be required in order to serve alcohol in the State of California. ABC is striving to answer all questions, and have posted a list of frequently asked questions and their answers on the RBS Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. If you have any additional questions about the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program, please do not hesitate to email us at rbstp@abc.ca.gov.

We would like to thank our stakeholders and the industry for their continued patience and cooperation as we implement this mandatory training requirement for alcohol servers and their managers.

Contact

For server registration assistance contact your local district office:

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Bakersfield

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4800 Stockdale Highway., Suite 213
Bakersfield CA, 93309

Phone:
(661) 395-2731
Fax:
(661) 322-5929
Email:
Bakersfield@abc.ca.gov

Concord

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1800 Sutter St., Ste 450
Concord CA , 94520

Phone:
(925) 655-6314
Fax:
(925) 655-6310
Email:
Concord@abc.ca.gov

Eureka

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1105 Sixth St., Suite C
Eureka CA, 95501

Phone:
(707) 445-7229
Fax:
(707) 445-6643
Email:
Eureka@abc.ca.gov

Fresno

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1330 B East Shaw Ave.
Fresno CA, 93710-7902

Phone:
(559) 225-6334
Fax:
(559) 225-8740
Email:
Fresno@abc.ca.gov

LA/Metro

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888 S Figueroa Street, Suite 320
Los Angeles CA, 90017

Phone:
(213) 833-6043
Fax:
(213) 833-6058
Email:
LAMetro@abc.ca.gov

LB/Lakewood

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3950 Paramount Blvd., Suite 250
Lakewood CA, 90712

Phone:
(562) 982-1337
Fax:
(562) 982-1396
Email:
LongBeach/Lakewood@abc.ca.gov

Monrovia

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222 E. Huntington Dr., Suite 114
Monrovia CA, 91016

Phone:
(626) 256-3241
Fax:
(626) 263-9858
Email:
Monrovia@abc.ca.gov

Palm Desert

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34-160 Gateway Dr., Suite 120
Palm Desert CA, 92211

Phone:
(760) 324-2027
Fax:
(760) 324-2632
Email:
PalmDesert@abc.ca.gov

Redding

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1900 Churn Creek Rd., Suite 215
Redding CA, 96002

Phone:
(530) 224-4830
Fax:
(530) 224-9338
Email:
Redding@abc.ca.gov

Riverside

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3737 Main Street, Suite 900
Riverside CA, 92501

Phone:
(951) 782-4400
Fax:
(951) 781-0531
Email:
Riverside@abc.ca.gov

Sacramento

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2400 Del Paso Road, Suite 155
Sacramento CA, 95834

Phone:
(916) 419-1319
Fax:
(916) 419-3994
Email:
Sacramento@abc.ca.gov

Salinas

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1137 Westridge Parkway
Salinas CA, 93907

Phone:
(831) 755-1990
Fax:
(831) 755-1997
Email:
Salinas@abc.ca.gov

San Diego

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1350 Front St., Room 5056
San Diego CA, 92101

Phone:
(619) 525-4064
Fax:
(619) 231-1171
Email:
SanDiego@abc.ca.gov

San Francisco

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33 New Montgomery St., Suite 1230
San Francisco CA, 94105

Phone:
(415) 356-6500
(415) 356-6501
(415) 356-6502
(415) 356-6503
Fax:
(415) 356-6599
Email:
SanFrancisco@abc.ca.gov

San Jose

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100 Paseo de San Antonio, Room 119
San Jose CA, 95113

Phone:
(408) 277-1200
Fax:
(408) 971-9421
Email:
SanJose@abc.ca.gov

San Luis Obispo

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3220 S. Higuera St., Suite 103A
San Luis Obispo CA, 93401

Phone:
(805) 543-7183
Fax:
(805) 543-3814
Email:
SanLuisObispo@abc.ca.gov

San Marcos

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570 Rancheros Drive, Suite 240
San Marcos CA, 92069

Phone:
(760) 471-4237
Fax:
(760) 471-6142
Email:
SanMarcos@abc.ca.gov

Santa Ana

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2 MacAurthur Place, Suite 200
Santa Ana CA, 92707

Phone:
(657) 205-3533
Fax:
(657) 205-3520
Email:
SantaAna@abc.ca.gov

Santa Rosa

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50 D Street, Room 130
Santa Rosa CA, 95404

Phone:
(707) 576-2165
Fax:
(707)527-9537
Email:
SantaRosa@abc.ca.gov

Stockton

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31 E. Channel St., Room 168
Stockton CA, 95202

Phone:
(209) 948-7739
Fax:
(209) 546-7853
Email:
Stockton@abc.ca.gov

Van Nuys

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6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 220
Van Nuys CA, 91401

Phone:
(818) 901-5017
Fax:
(818) 785-6731
Email:
VanNuys@abc.ca.gov

Ventura

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1000 South Hill Road, Suite 310
Ventura CA, 93003

Phone:
(805) 289-0100
Fax:
(805) 289-0110
Email:
Ventura@abc.ca.gov

For training provider and general program assistance contact:

RBSTP Team
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: rbstp@abc.ca.gov

Translation Services
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