Grubhub only permits alcohol delivery by Grubhub delivery partners in certain markets. See Section 1 for the current list of Grubhub Delivery markets. See Section 2 for guidelines for delivery of alcohol in all applicable markets, and Section 3 for market-specific requirements that may apply based on your location.
The following is intended to help you lawfully deliver alcohol with Grubhub in compliance with state and local laws and regulations. Delivering alcohol to someone who is a minor or is visibly intoxicated may result in civil and criminal liability, so it’s extremely important to follow the below guidelines to deliver alcohol safely and compliantly.
Section 1. Current Grubhub Delivery Markets.
Grubhub only permits alcohol delivery by Grubhub delivery partners in the below markets. You are not authorized to deliver orders containing alcohol outside of these markets:
Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Texas (Austin, Houston, San Antonio only), Virginia, Washington D.C.
Section 2. Guidelines For ALL alcohol deliveries:
- You must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license to deliver alcohol.
You must prevent delivery to intoxicated diners:
- If you have doubts about the diner’s age or believe the diner is intoxicated, leave all non-alcoholic order items with the diner, mark the order as Delivered and follow the return flow in the Grubhub for Drivers app to return alcohol to the restaurant.
- It is important to keep yourself and the diner safe - delivering alcohol to a minor or someone who is visibly intoxicated will be considered a material breach of your Delivery Partner Agreement.
Common signs of intoxication include:
- Staggering (having an unsteady walk)
- Poor reactions and coordination (like fumbling with their ID)
- Slurred or mumbled speech
- Bloodshot eyes and/or breath that smells of alcohol or drugs
- Behaving in an overly bold, disruptive manner
You must verify the diner’s identity.
Request to see a government issued photo I.D. Confirm that the diner is 21 years of age or older.
- Valid forms of ID include: a state-issued driver’s license or ID, a passport document, or an ID card issued by the Armed Forces of the United States.
- Invalid forms of ID are non-government IDs, such as a work ID, credit card, expired ID, etc.
- Check the expiration date on the ID and confirm the diner you are delivering to matches the photo.
- Feel the edges of the ID – a legitimate ID will have smooth, uniform edges. A fake ID may have rougher edges and perhaps may be coming apart. Look for glue lines or bumpy or uneven surfaces. A real ID’s surface should be consistent.
- Ask the diner to verbally confirm their birth date.
- Request to see a government issued photo I.D. Confirm that the diner is 21 years of age or older.
Use the app to scan the customer’s ID to complete the verification process. If the app won’t scan the ID, you can manually enter the customer’s birthdate as printed on the valid government ID.
- Use your best judgment. You have the right to refuse to deliver the alcohol if you suspect that a customer is underage, even if they provide an ID that says they are 21+.
- You must deliver the order in person. Do not leave an order unattended for a customer to collect.
You must not deliver an order to a restricted location. Restricted locations include:
- Public or private school (K-12) (e.g. an elementary, middle or high school);
- College campus (e.g. a dorm or frat house);
- Prison, reformatory, veterans’ home, or state capitol grounds;
- Locker or similar package storage service (e.g. a storage unit facility); or
- Business that sells alcohol (e.g. liquor store);
- Any location where the customer is not present and/or you are asked to leave the alcohol unattended.
- If making delivery by car, please store alcohol in the trunk during delivery.
Section 3. Market Specific Guidelines.
Within authorized markets, there are certain market-specific requirements based on applicable state and local laws that may apply to you based on your location, summarized below. Note that market-specific requirements are subject to change and the requirements listed in this section are not exhaustive. Consult the driver app for updates based on your location.
Illinois: Certain counties require BASSET training. Check the counties that you deliver to and complete training as required.
New York: In order to accept a delivery containing alcohol, you must have a copy of the required Fleet Trucking Permit in your vehicle. If you do not have your own permit, you may download and print a copy of the pdf at the bottom of the page. If making delivery by car, please store alcohol in the trunk during delivery.
Ohio: You must keep a valid copy of your H permit in your vehicle when transporting alcoholic beverages. You may download and print a copy of the pdf at the bottom of the page.
Texas (Austin, Houston, San Antonio only): You are required to complete a one hour alcohol delivery training course. If you have not completed this training, visit the Texas Responsible Alcohol Delivery Training website to enroll.This certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of completion of the training program.
Virginia: You are required to complete a one hour alcohol delivery training course with a passing rate of 80% or more. If you have not completed this training and passed the test in the past year, visit the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control authority to complete this requirement.
New York delivery drivers: Please use the link below to download the Fleet Trucking Permit.
Ohio Delivery drivers: Please use this link below to download the H permit.