There are approximately 17,000 people killed each year in alcohol-related automobile accidents in the United States. That is about 40% of all the vehicle fatalities in this country. In 1997 the rate in Delaware was 45%. Alcohol-related accidents cause more than 50,000 serious injuries each year.

Alcohol is a factor in about 50 - 70% of all the pedestrian fatalities in this country each year. Surveys indicate that approximately 50% of all the intoxicated drivers on the road come from commercial establishments. In 1996, records indicated that 61% of the intoxicated drivers on Delaware roads were coming from commercial establishments.

This is an indication that bartenders, waiters and waitresses are over serving these patrons. Surveys such as these, indicate the need for alcohol-related training program. In July of 1991, Delaware passed House Bill #65 which mandated that all servers must be trained prior to serving alcohol in the State of Delaware. The Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement conducts this training in each county at least once a week. Agent George Merrill is currently assigned as the primary Trainer for this program, and teaches over 9000 people every year how to serve alcohol in a responsible manner. Topics covered in the class include, How Alcohol Effects the Body, Checking ID, Recognizing the Signs of Intoxication, Title 4, and Commissioner’s Rules.

  • To inquire about classes, call the Server Training Line at (302) 577-5208 or view the class schedule on Google calendar .
  • Replacement cards can be obtained by calling (302) 741-2855 and leaving a message with your full name, date of birth, and a contact number, or you can fill out an online request .
  • A copy of the server training booklet is available here.
  • In order to qualify for the Re-certification Class, you MUST bring your Current Server Training Card.

Students are expected to be on time as late arrivals disrupt the class and will be turned away. Also classes in Sussex County are limited to 62 people per class and are often filled to capacity leading up to and during the summer months. All students are required to bring something to write with and one of the following forms of ID:

  • State Issued Driver’s License
  • State Issued ID Card – from the DMV
  • Passport / Visa Issued by the United States Government
  • United States Armed Forces ID Card

The locations of classes for each county are as follows:

New Castle County

820 North French Street
Wilmington DE 19801
Carvel State Building 2nd Floor Auditorium

Kent County

89 Kings Highway
Dover DE 19902
DNREC Auditorium

Sussex County

Rehoboth Fire Station
219 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, 19971