Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance
- Minnesota law requires that all tobacco vendors be licensed and have at least one unannounced tobacco compliance check conducted annually.
- A compliance check is a tool to identify tobacco retail establishments that sell tobacco to underage youth.
- A person under age 18 attempts to purchase a tobacco product while a law enforcement officer observes or waits outside the premises. The underage person is instructed to not attempt to look older or lie about their age or use a false ID.
- If the young person is successful in purchasing tobacco, the enforcement agent issues a criminal citation to the clerk and an administrative citation to the license holder.
- Minors who are used in the tobacco compliance checks have taken a 2 hour class from Dakota County Public Health. The class teaches them how to conduct a compliance check and how to handle themselves in different situations. In order to be eligible to take the class they must be between 15-17 years old and have a parent sign a waiver of liability.
The Dakota County Public Health Department issues an annual summary of tobacco compliance checks conducted in Dakota County.
Alcohol Tobacco Compliance Check Summary