Washington State Laws on Alcohol Consumption

When making decisions about consuming alcohol it is important to consider the following:

Washington State laws regarding minor in possession (MIP) and use:

  • Persons under the age of 21 may not acquire, possess, or consume alcohol. Nor may other persons furnish alcohol to anyone under 21 or permit underage consumption on premises within their control. Penalty: Maximum $500 fine, 2 months imprisonment, or both.
  • Persons under 21 may not be in a public place or in a vehicle in public while exhibiting the effects of having consumed alcohol. A public place includes city streets and any buildings and grounds used for University purposes. Penalty: Maximum $500 fine, 2 months imprisonment, or both.
  • Persons under 21 may not purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol. Penalty: Maximum $1,000 fine, 90 days imprisonment or both.
  • Alcohol may not be opened or consumed in a public place. Penalty: Maximum $1,000 fine.
  • It is unlawful to manufacture, deliver, or possess an illicit drug. Penalty: Maximum $10,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both. The possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor (minimum $250 fine and not less than 24 hours in jail).
  • It is unlawful to possess or use drug paraphernalia for purposes relating to the manufacture, delivery, possession, or use of an illicit drug. Penalty: Minimum $250 fine and not less than 24 hours in jail.

Washington State laws regarding driving:

  • Any minor in possession (alcohol or drug) offense will result in loss of your driver's license for one year (1st offense) or for two years (2nd offense).
  • Under age 21 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with a .02-.07 BAC has the
    following penalties:
    • 1st Offense: 90-day license suspension, maximum 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine
    • 2nd Offense: License revoked until age 21 or at least 1 year, maximum 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine
  • Any age Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with a BAC of .08 or higher has the
    following penalties:
    • 1st Offense: 90-day license suspension, 1 day jail or 15-day electronic home monitoring, fines $8,125, possible ignition interlock
    • 2nd Offense: License revoked for minimum of two years, minimum 30 days in jail and 60 days electronic home monitoring, fines $8,125, possible five year ignition interlock.

Washington State law regarding false identification:

  • Possession of a false identification card is a misdemeanor. Penalty: Minimum $250 fine and 25 hours community service.