Are You 17 - 20 Years Old?

Do you want to help enforce Delaware's alcohol laws?

Selling alcoholic beverages to persons who are underage is not only harmful, it is illegal. And you can help stop it as a part of the Alcohol Cooperating Underage Witness program. We call the participants "CUWs" for short.

Alcohol CUWs help Delaware's Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Agents make sure that stores selling alcoholic beverages are complying with State laws. It is against the law to sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.

Qualified members of the CUW program are mature, honest and truthful and they demonstrate responsible behavior. CUWs are volunteers and can earn credit for community service hours. And they get to work closely with law enforcement officers.

Being a part of the CUW program is a serious responsibility. There are certain expectations of all CUWs:

  • CUWs must agree to testify in court, or other tribunal, if subpoenaed as witnesses.
  • While on duty, male CUWs must be clean-shaven and not have facial hair (beard, moustache, etc.).
  • While on duty, female CUWs must refrain from excessive amounts of make up.

The safety and welfare of CUWs is a primary concern of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement. Every CUW will be accompanied by an ATE Enforcement Agent at all times. All Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Agents are certified police officers.

Interested? Here's what to do:

  1. Talk to your parent or guardian if you are under 18 (You are going to need their permission). Share with them this letter from Division Director John Yeomans (PDF) which explains more about the CUW program.
  2. Review the Frequently Asked Questions about the program.
  3. Download, print, complete and return the application package:

For more information on the CUW program , please contact Cindi Wood at (302) 741-2715 or by e-mail at Cindi.Wood@state.de.us .