Alcohol is Serious Business...

It's becoming apparent to me that moving to another state is an ordeal. There's a lot to take into account when you're picking up your whole life and transplanting it 1,315 miles north and west. You'd think I would know that, seeing how I once did it. I picked up and moved 1,380 miles east. But that was different. That was something less intense than this. I was 20 years old and didn't have anything, or had next to nothing anyway, and I had someone who offered an already established place to be. This isn't that.

This is more than that. This time, we have to think about things we didn't before. We have to think about two cars to re-register and plate. Animals to license with the city. All the stuff people do every day, all over the world, when they relocate. It's pretty commonplace, in fact, for a lot of people. For me, it's a big deal and, as it turns out, is requiring some extra steps. Steps like the procedure for moving with liquor to a control state, like Utah.

A control state has some pretty steep regulations about liquor--they control the sale of spirits inside their borders. In Utah, transporting liquor into the state under almost any circumstances is against the law. One of the only exceptions in Utah is the relocation of a permanent residence and even then you have to fill out a form, give them an itemized list of all of the bottles you're bring in, and pay them a handling fee.

In Texas you'll encounter dry counties, where you can transport liquor in in small quantities without being a bootlegger. Something I have some small experience with since, until a few years ago, the county where we live was a dry county. Even now, you can't buy hard liquor here, but you can bring it in. In Utah, bringing it in in any quantity is a no no. So, we're jumping through their hoops as laid out for me by a very nice man at Utah's DABC.

Right now, I'm just thankful that there is a procedure at all. Matt is pretty fond of his Scotch and he would be heart broken if he had to give it up. Not to mention the expense involved in leaving it. But, there's a silver lining (I'm trying to find a lot of those these days). The very nice man at the DABC told me that you can definitely buy liquor in Utah... including Scotch. So, at least there's that.


Ultimately, I'm just thankful my diligent husband did the research because I wouldn't have thought of it. Had we gotten to the border without permission, with fifteen bottles of booze in tow, we could have had it confiscated and/or gone to jail. Compounding an already pretty hectic move with, you know, a felony. And, while that would make the move more memorable, it would also kind of suck.

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  1. Even if that's the law, I don't see how they would know you have the liquor if you had it packed away in a box buried in your U-Haul. I guess that's an ignoble thing to say, but regulations such as these get on my nerves. Of course, this is coming from the person who smuggled a ferret into CA so it's probably best to not listen to me. ;)

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    1. His company is paying for Mayflower to pack and move our things. Mayflower won't move bottles of alcohol, so we have to take them in the car. That's going to be an adventure, since we hardly have room for ourselves, our mutts, and our suitcases. So, the likelihood of being caught with almost 20 bottles of hard liquor are pretty good. We get pulled over, cop finds that, we go to jail without the approval form. I don't want to go to jail. lol

      Also, you have a ferret?! O.o

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