Legal Actions FAQs

An administrative citation is a legal notice issued directly by an agent of the ABC or a local law enforcement officer advising the licensee of an alleged liquor violation.
A notice of administrative action is a legal notice issued by the Director of ABC following a review of the administrative citation and evidence. This notice will contain a brief description of the alleged violation and the proposed penalty which can be a fine and/or license suspension and/or license revocation. Depending on the alleged violation and penalty, this notice may also include a scheduled pre-hearing conference.
A summary order is a legal notice signed by the Director of the ABC that advises the licensee of an alleged liquor violation and the proposed penalty. This notice will contain a brief description of the alleged violation and the proposed penalty which can be a fine and/or license suspension and/or license revocation.
Administrative fines and suspensions are determined by following the ABC Penalty grid which takes into consideration the number and seriousness of the offenses committed. The dates of the suspensions are determined by the director. The director may deviate from the established guidelines when mitigating or aggravating circumstances exist.
Yes. You may request a hearing with the director; however, the request must be in writing, must be filed within 15 days after the service of the notice or the summary order and must state the reason for the hearing request. The ABC will schedule the case for a pre-hearing conference.

Kansas Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control Division
Licensee Administrative Actions
915 SW Harrison St., Room 214
Topeka, KS 66612-1588

This is an informal telephone conference that is scheduled by ABC for a specific date and time for the licensee to call in and speak with ABC representatives about the case. This includes discussions related to the issues and evidence in an attempt to resolve the case through stipulations and settlement. A pre-hearing order will be prepared to document the outcome of the conference. If there are issues that cannot be resolved at this level, an evidentiary hearing will be scheduled at a later date.
This is a formal hearing that is conducted in Topeka at the ABC office. The Assistant Attorney General assigned to the ABC and the licensee each present testimony and/or evidence before the ABC Director. At the close of the hearing, the ABC Director will make a ruling based upon the evidence and testimony presented. If the licensee is found guilty, a fine, suspension or revocation will be ordered and an Initial/ final order will be prepared to document the outcome of the hearing.
Payment instructions are included on each notice or order.
Your liquor license may be placed on an indefinite suspension until 48 hours AFTER you comply with the terms of the notice or order, during which time you will not be allowed to make any purchases or sales of alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages. Unpaid fines will prohibit the renewal of your liquor license.
You may request a continuance in writing to the Director of the ABC, who will review the request and make a decision as to whether a continuance will be granted. If the director grants your continuance request, the ABC will send you documents with the rescheduled date and time. If the director does not grant your continuance and you fail to appear, the conference or hearing will be held without your presence and a proposed default order will be issued.
Yes, you may request reconsideration by the director and instructions to do so are included on the order.
Yes, you may request an appeal and instructions to do so are included on the order. Any licensee aggrieved by an order of the director may appeal by filing a notice of appeal with the Secretary of Revenue.
Yes, if the licensee wishes to appeal the decision of the Secretary of Revenue, there are further appeal options available by filing for judicial review.
This is your decision. You may represent yourself or you may be represented by an attorney.

You may make your payment either online, by mail or in person.

Pay online at https://www.ksabconline.org/Login.aspx

Mail your payment to:
Kansas Department of Revenue
Alcoholic Beverage Control
Licensee Administrative Actions
915 SW Harrison Street, Room 214
Topeka, KS 66612-1588

Bring your payment in person to:
Kansas Department of Revenue
Alcoholic Beverage Control
915 SW Harrison Street, Room 214
Topeka, KS 66612
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30

The licensee would be subject to additional fines, suspension or license revocation.
A suspension is temporary in nature – it has a beginning and end date. A license revocation is forever. The licensee is banned from ever obtaining another liquor license.
Selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor is a crime. An employee of a liquor licensee who sells alcohol to a minor can be criminally charged for the offense. The crime is prosecuted by the district or county attorney where the alleged violation occurred. This is in addition to the administrative citation that is issued against the liquor license by the ABC.