Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (ATE) Vision and Values:

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (ATE) is a state law enforcement agency. Agents of the Division are primarily tasked with the enforcement of Title 4 - The Liquor Control Act and the Administrative Rules of the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner. The Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement is also tasked with checking all establishments that sell tobacco for compliance in regards to youth access to tobacco laws. In July of 1991, Delaware passed House Bill #65 which mandated that all servers must be trained prior to serving alcohol. At that time the Division began to administer The Alcoholic Beverage Server program. Agents of the Division are certified police officers in the State of Delaware. Agents have statewide jurisdiction and arrest powers, which give them full authority to enforce all laws of the State of Delaware, including liquor, drug, criminal and traffic statutes. Due to the nature of investigations, Agents primarily work in an undercover capacity. Agents conduct investigations that involve selling alcohol without a license, selling alcohol and/or tobacco products to minors, over-service of alcohol to intoxicated patrons, prostitution, illegal gambling, illegal narcotics, hidden ownership, tobacco smuggling, tax evasion, organized criminal activity, disorderly premises and any other violation of law that they may encounter during the normal course of an agent’s duties. Agents also work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Through its commitment to serve the people of Delaware, the Division will continually strive to be a law enforcement agency that is respected for skilled, dedicated and professional staff, who apply consistent education, enforcement and proactive measures, in order to encourage voluntary compliance and create safer communities.

The four core values of the Division are integrity, fairness, competency and accountability. The Division will continually strive to maintain these core values in the furtherance of its mission.

To protect the health, safety and welfare of people in Delaware through the enforcement of state liquor and youth access to tobacco laws, while maintaining the highest state of preparedness for responding to threats against homeland security.

Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (A.T.E.) agency brochures:

  • "Who We Are and What We Do" (PDF)
  • Understanding Youth Tobacco Laws in Delaware and Tips for Avoiding Violation (PDF)