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American Samoa - Obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License

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  1. Complete an application form, make sure you have provided all required information.
  2. Provide all necessary documents.
  3. Wait for your application to be approved.
  4. Pay the $75 beer Alcoholic Beverage License fee.

All licenses issued by the Treasurer are approved by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board after carefully studying the character of the applicant and the building and area in which the beer or alcoholic beverage is proposed to be sold, and such other matters pertaining to the sale and importation of beer and alcoholic beverages under the license.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form prescribed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
  • endorsement of a licensing or examining authority having jurisdiction over the trade, business, or occupation;

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Commerce
American Samoa Government
A.P. Lutali Executive Office Bldg
Utulei, American Samoa 96799
Phone: 1 (684) 633-5155
Fax: 1 (684) 633-4195
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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Alcoholic beverage license: $75


A person holding an alcoholic beverage license is authorized to sell any alcoholic beverage by the drink except beer.

The licensee may serve food to the customers, provide music and entertainment, and permit dancing.

All licenses and applicable endorsements are issued on a calendar year basis regardless of when issued, and expire on 31 December of the year issued or renewed.

You may start renewing your license 3 months before your current license expires.

License Non Transferable: The license is issued to the person or persons making the application it cannot be transferred to any other person except upon the forfeiture of a tenancy or upon a foreclosure of a mortgage where the original contract provides that the license is a security for the obligation, in which event the Governor shall be promptly notified of any forfeiture. Any license conditioned upon the fulfillment of any qualifications or prerequisites pertaining to the premises wherein the licensee conducts his business, trade, or profession may not be transferred to another location without written application to and written approval by the Governor.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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A person is prohibited to import or manufacture any alcoholic beverages or beer of any nature, or any malt syrup or malt extract, or have in his custody or possession, sell, give, receive or exchange any kind of beer or alcoholic beverage or keep such on any vessel or aircraft within the jurisdiction of American Samoa unless he has complied with the rules of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Note: Recognized religious organization are not prohibited from importing into American Samoa sacramental wine for use in religious rites without a license.

Required Information[edit]

  • name of business;
  • type of business to be conducted;
  • type of business organization;
  • names, ages, and residences of principals involved in the business;
  • location of business;
  • any other information required by the Governor or Commission.

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Need for the Document[edit]

You will need to obtain an alcoholic beverage license if you are planning to sell all alcoholic beverages at retail by the drink on your business premises under license conditions prescribed by the Board for the particular premises. Alcoholic beverage refers to beer, distilled spirit, wine, or liquor which contains eight percent or more of alcohol by weight and which is fit for beverage purposes either alone or when combined with other substances.

Information which might help[edit]

Each establishment which holds an alcoholic beverage license shall be adequately equipped with fire fighting equipment and readily accessible exits, and the licensee shall remain on the premises during hours required by regulation issued by the Board and shall maintain peace and order.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • American Samoa Bar Association:

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