Nevada Moonshine Laws

Nevada has very tolerant alcohol making and selling rules and regulations. The state authorities allow alcohol sale at bars, liquor and convenience stores without any time limit. Also there is no impediment on selling any alcoholic liquor at these places. However, it is not a good move to go against the laws prescribed by the state liquor control commission for the penalties may become hard to face.

  1. Is owning a still legal?

It is legal to own a still in the state of Nevada and make moonshine if you possess the required permit or license. You can use the still to brew alcoholic beverages for personal or family use. You can share your moonshine with your guests as well. For commercial use you can produce more than 60 gallons of alcoholic beverages every year by acquiring a license for a micro-distillery.

  1. Is it possible to get a “student permit” to distill alcohol as part of a school science assignment?


If students are required to carry out a school science project for alcohol distillation, the school authorities need to inform the state officials. The school authorities have also to inform parents of the students participating in the assignment. They have to assure the state authorities about the safety of the alcohol distillation. If the state authorities consent, the school officials are issued a permit for carrying out the science project. According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the state officials might even chose to supervise the whole procedure and prescribe a location for the assignment they think fit.


  1. What kind of permit do I need to distill ethanol in Nevada?

It is not legal to distill ethanol to produce spirituous alcohol and fuel in Nevada. In order to obtain a permit for ethanol distillation in this regard, you need to apply for a permit. According to  NRS369.440 of the Nevada liquor laws, after you send an application the state officials will prescribe a form for the kind of business you want to do. You will be issued a certificate for permissible persons by the state authorities enabling you to carry out your business legally.


  1. Is it legal to distill essential oils and water?

Nevada Moonshine Still ConstructionIt is legal to use your still for distilling essential oils and water. You can distill essential oils to produce different products for personal use and even sell them on premises. However, producing essential oils by water or steam distillation may produce alcohol as a by-product which is not legal.

Finally, we are not lawyers, this info is for your entertainment only, so be sure to consult a crafty moonshine laws lawyer before spending any monies on your own distillation plant!


“Remember, the distillation of ethyl-alcohols is illegal without a permit per federal moonshine laws and is inherently dangerous because of ethanol’s flammability (never operate a homemade still indoors). For more moonshine laws and other moonshine still permit information, visit:”



Links: – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Distilled Spirits – Nevada Intoxicating Liquor: Licenses and Taxes