Did you know that by law (The Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949), the possession, consumption, and transportation of liquor is illegal in the Indian state of Maharashtra without an alcohol permit?
The legal age for beer consumption is 21 and for alcohol consumption is 25, and all residents of the state must obtain an alcohol permit to consume, transport, or possess up to 12 units of alcohol or face a fine of up to INR 50,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to five years. To avoid such an event from ever occurring, here is how to make your permit in Mumbai, the state capital.
1. Purchase a Rs 5 court stamp fee. You can get it from any court or at the Asiatic Town Hall near the collector’s office.
2. Go to the permit issuing office. In Mumbai, you need to go to the Old Customs House (Collectors Office) at Fort area in South Mumbai. (Right next to the Asiatic Town Hall Library)
3. The counter is near the Marriage registration office in the building on the ground floor.
4. For other districts, you can get it made from an Excise officer of the rank of sub-inspector and higher.
5. Get the application form. The application form is available for free. You can also purchase the court stamp fee at the nearby Asiatic Town Hall revenue office
6. Fill the application form with your name, date of birth, age, occupation, and address.
7. Glue the court fee stamp on the application form.
8. Get your permit. Hand the clerk the application form, your photographs and the necessary fees depending on the licence type.
1. The permit issuing window is open from 11 am to 3:30 pm. (lunch time is 1:00 to 2:00 pm).
2. The photographs should have a white background, show the facial features clearly, no spectacles to be worn, ears clearly visible, no teeth show, head positioned straight (not tilted).
3. If you have made a lifetime permit, it is recommended that the permit be laminated.
1. Possession, consumption, or transportation of alcohol in Maharashtra without a permit can get you fined to Rs 50,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to five years.
2. The permit only allows the possession, consumption, or transportation of up to twelve units of alcohol.
3. You must be above 25 (30 in the district of Wardha)
Things You’ll Need
1. Two stamp-sized photographs (25 mm × 35 mm)
2. Government-issued proof of identity and age. (eg Passport). You must be above 25 years (30 for applicants in the district of Wardha).
3. Current address proof (eg electricity bill, ration card, latest bank statement)
4. Fees (cash only)
o Rs 5 — day (Available at a known wine shop)
o Rs 100 — year
o Rs 1000 — lifetime
Where Else Can I Apply for these Permits
The Head Office of the State Excise is on the Ground Floor of the Old Customs House, Fort, Near Horniman Circle, Mumbai – 400 001. Don’t sweat if you live at the other end of the city. There are several excise stations across Mumbai, where you can get your liquor license:
1) Chembur Excise Station
Jama Chowk, Chembur camp, Next to crime branch, Sindhi colony, Chembur East
2) Chunnabhatti Excise Station
V.N.Purav Marg, Tata Nagar, Chunnabhatti East
3) Bandra Excise Station
Kalanagar, Behind Nandadeep Garden, Bandra East
4) Andheri Excise Station
Tahasildar Compound, Near Bhavans College, D.N. Road, Close to Navrang Cinema, Andheri West
5) Malwani Excise Station
Malwani No.1, Next to Fire Brigade, Marve Road, Malad West
Many wine shops have started issuing the yearly and lifetime ones (they have permission to issue these permits). Here are a few in the city:
Juben Wines (Juhu)
Patel Wines (Cuffe Parade)
Twinkle Wines (Lokhandwala)
Chincholi Wines (Malad)