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Label / Product Approval

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission regulates every phase of the business relating to alcoholic beverages, including labeling. A certificate of label approval, issued by this office, is required for all alcoholic beverages marketed in the State of Texas.

The manufacturer, winery, distiller, or owner of the product when it becomes a marketable product is responsible for completing the label approval process. Each product will fall into one of the following classes:

  • Beer – a malt beverage containing four percent of alcohol by weight or less.
  • Ale/Malt Liquor – a malt beverage containing more than four percent of alcohol by weight.
  • Wine – a product obtained from the fermentation of sound ripe grapes, fruits, berries, or honey.
  • Distilled Spirit – alcohol or liquor produced in whole or in part by the process of distillation.

The label approval process may only be completed after the appropriate TABC license or permit is issued.

For assistance, please contact or (512) 206-3410.

Label/ Product Approval and Processing Times

Current Average Label Processing Times: as of the end of December 2016

Application Type Average Label Processing Time
Malt Beverage 40 days
Wine 11 days
Distilled Spirits 11 days