Much like everything with alcohol it’s complicated. The ABC (specifically North Carolina General Statute §18-B-303 & §18B-400) details the exact rules, amounts, and volume of alcohol you can transport without getting a permit.
I’ve divided alcohol into three categories: (1) beer, (2) unfortified wine, and (3) spirituous liquor & fortified wine. You do NOT need a permit to transport the following:
Maximum of 80 liters in cans or bottles
9 cases and 9 cans/bottles-355 milliliters
7 cases and 1 can/bottle-473 milliliters
(16% or less alcohol by volume)
Maximum of 50 liters
Ten 5 liter containers
Fifty 1 liter bottles
Sixty-six 750 milliliter bottles
Twenty-eight 1.75 liter bottles
Spirituous Liquor & Fortified Wine
(16-24% alcohol by volume)
Maximum of 8 liters
8 liters of only spirituous liquor or fortified wine
8 liters of a combination of spirituous liquor and fortified wine
*What happens if I want to purchase more than the stated amounts of unfortified wine, fortified wine, and spirituous liquor?
You need to get a Purchase Transportation Permit from you local ABC. This permit allows you to transport a maximum of 100 liters of unfortified wine and a maximum of 40 liters of either fortified wine or spirituous liquor or a combination of the two.
Am I a Bootlegger?
The answer may surprise you!
It’s quite possible that if you transport MORE than the law allows for alcohol then you may be a bootlegger. Bootlegging is the illegal business of transporting alcoholic beverages when the transportation is illegal (read the definition here). Interestingly enough bootlegging applies to smuggling over land; while rum-running applies to smuggling over water.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-335-5291.
Contact the NC ABC Commission
400 East Tryon Road
Raleigh, NC 27610