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Food Handler & Food and Beverage Permit Courses

On October 1, 2005, the Mobile County Board of Health adopted revisions to the Permit Requirements for Food Handlers. The document is now called Permit Requirements for Food and Beverage Handlers and Food Establishment Managers in Mobile County, #66-1. The revisions require that all persons (owners and managers included) who are 19 years of age or older and serving alcoholic beverages on premises, must have valid Food and Beverage Handler Permits/Cards issued by the Food and Lodging Department, Mobile County Health Department. All food service personnel employed in or owning or managing an establishment serving alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises must obtain Food and Beverage Handler Permits/Cards.

The fee for the Food and Beverage Handler Permit is $20 and the permit is valid for one year from the date of issue and renewal required annually. Valid identification must be presented at the time of application for the permit. Only state issued driver's licenses, military I.D. cards, passports or state issued non-driver's picture I.D. cards will be considered valid. The Beverage Handler Permit cards will only be valid when signed by the person identified. The permit card must be signed and kept on the person to whom it is issued, at all times. The person in charge must keep a copy of each employee's permit on the premises.

Anyone possessing a valid Food Handler Permit card who wishes to upgrade to the Beverage Handler Permit card before their Food Handler Permit card expires may do so by attending only the Beverage Handler portion of the class and paying a $7 fee. The Food and Beverage Permit will expire on the original date of expiration for the Food Handler Permit card.

The Food and Beverage Handler Permit does not take the place of the Responsible Vendor program offered by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

For questions or further information, please call (251) 690-8149.

Please note: Cash only will be accepted and you must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class time to complete all paperwork. No one is admitted after the film starts. Parents are encouraged to make arrangements for childcare. Children and visitors will not be allowed in the classrooms.

Food Handler Course

Any food establishment employee that serves or prepares unpackaged foods or whose job duties require being in food preparation, service, storage or ware washing areas is required to obtain a food handler card every two years from the Mobile County Health Department.

The food handler classes are offered at 8:45 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Building 6 at 251 N. Bayou Street in downtown Mobile. The class is $15.00, cash only.

Food & Beverage Course

Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Building 6 at 251 N. Bayou St. Registration begins when doors open at 7:30 am. Classes begins promptly at 8:00 am and ends at 9:45 am. Participants must be at least 19 years old and present valid identification at the time of application. Accepted forms of identification are driver license, military I.D. card, passport, and state issued picture I.D. card. The fee for a food and beverage handler permit is $20, cash only. A permit card is valid for one year from the date of issue and renewal required annually. The permit holder must have it on his or her person while at work, and an establishment owner must have a copy of an employee's permit card on the premises at all times.

If you are unable to attend the scheduled food handler classes, click the link below for the Alabama Food Handler online class. Upon completing the online food handler class, print the certificate, bring it and a valid ID to the Food and Lodging Department (Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4pm) to obtain the official food handler permit card for $15. There is an additional $10 fee associated with the online class, which is paid online before taking the course. The online class is accessible 24-hours a day. Beverage classes are not offered online.

To receive more information on food handler card fees and a listing of all available course dates, times and locations, please select from the following links:

Food Handlers/Food and Beverage Permit Cards

Online class located at AlabamaFoodHandler.com

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