QDC appointment online to get a liquor permit in Qatar is easy, as long as you complete and submit all the necessary documents required to be eligible to obtain a liquor license from Qatar Distribution Company.
Qatar Distribution Company or QDC Qatar administered the Liquor Permit issuance in Qatar, and application forms are available only at the Shop. To find out the QDC timings, scroll down below.
Before you apply online for the application of liquor permit or the license, make sure that you are within this requirements guide to avoid wasting time scheduling appointments and visiting the shop.
Basic Requirements on How to Get a Liquor Permit
- The applicants are non-GCC citizens holding a valid Qatar residence permit.
- Must be over 21 years of age
- Applicant must be earning a basic salary of at least 3,000 Qatari riyals, excluding all allowances.
- Qatar Residence Permit or QID validity should be more than two months.
Once you have all the requirements above, you can now book your appointment online through the QDC Online website, which you can find here QDC APPOINTMENT ONLINE.
How To Apply For A Liquor Permit
Applicants Must Provide The List:
- Obtain a letter from your employer addressed to QDC or ‘To Whom It May Concern’* with your name,
position and a breakdown of monthly salary showing primary and any allowances applicable.
- The accommodation entitlement must be shown either as free housing provided by the employer or
as a monthly allowance.
- The letter must be signed by an authorized signatory and stamped by the company.
- The letter must be in English dated within the last three months on original company letterhead.
- You must show your original Qatar Resident Permit identity card. QID validity should be more than
- You must complete a QDC application form. Forms are available at the Parking Guard Room or in
the Permit office waiting area on the first floor.
- In some cases, you may be required to produce evidence of salary and allowances such as bank
statements and/or employment contracts and/or CR Copy.
- Payment of License fee paid on pro-rata basis based on QID validity. The license fee is not refundable.
We accept only debit/credit cards for payment—a fee of approximately QAR 150 per year.
Liquor Permit Rules Do’s and Dont’s
- Permits are for personal use only
- Purchases must be taken directly to the permit holder’s residence and should be concealed
from public view in transit.
- The Permit holder and goods must be in the same vehicle.
- The Permit holder and goods must be in the same vehicle.
- Alcohol consumption must be at the permit holder’s residence only.
- It is strictly forbidden to give alcohol to others whether by sale or gi.
- You cannot purchase without your permit card.
- Only primary and joint permit cardholders are allowed inside the retail store. No guests, spouses
without joint cards or children of any age will be allowed to enter the retail store.
- Pork products are sold to Non-Muslims only.
- Any transfers observed on our premises will result in the suspension or cancellation of the permit.
- Management reserves the right to refuse to cancel any membership or refuse entry to the premises.
The Maximum Validity of a Liquor Permit or Renewal of a Permit
- The expiry date will be shown in the format MM/YY. The permit will be valid up until the
last day of the month shown.
- You will be allowed one purchase 30 days after the expiry date (last day of the month shown on
the card in MM/YY format) to allow you time to renew the permit. Within 30 days, usage is conditional
upon you having a confirmed retail store appointment booked before the last day of card expiration.
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Just follow the step below on how to order online
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I apply for a new liquor permit?
Obtain a letter from your company written to QDC or ‘To Whom It May Concern’ that includes your name, job, and a monthly income breakdown that includes basic and any allowances.
Either free housing given by the company or a monthly allowance must be mentioned as the accommodation entitlement.
An authorized signatory must sign the letter, and your company must stamp it.
The letter must be written in English and be dated within the last three months on company letterhead.
You must present your Qatar Resident Permit identity card in its original form. The validity of the QID should be at least two months.
You must fill out a QDC application. Forms are accessible at the Parking Guard Room or in the first-floor Permit Office waiting area.
You may be asked to provide proof of salary and allowances, such as bank statements, employment contracts, and/or a CR copy, in some situations.
Payment of the license fee is pro-rata dependent on the validity of the QID. The payment for the license is non-refundable.
Only debit and credit cards are accepted as forms of payment. The annual fee is around QAR 150.
Who can apply for a liquor permit?
Non-GCC nationals who have a valid Qatar Resident Permit (RP).
The applicant is at least 21 years old.
Applicant receives a monthly basic salary of at least QAR 3000, excluding all allowances.
Some non-RP/non-Qatar ID candidates on multi-entry visas may be eligible in exceptional circumstances.
If you are working in Qatar on a multi-entry visa or another sort of business visa, you may be eligible to apply if you meet the below requirement:
- For a minimum of 3 months, you must be a Qatar resident. While in Qatar, you will be staying in a private apartment.
- Hotel-based applicants are ineligible.
- An employer or sponsor based in Qatar confirms the above data in writing as part of the application.
What are the liquor permit rules?
Permits are only for personal use.
Purchases must be delivered directly to the permit holder’s home and should be hidden from public view while in transit.
Both the permit holder and the items must be transported in the same vehicle.
Alcohol drinking is limited to the licensee’s home.
Do not give alcohol to others, whether by sale or gift, is strictly prohibited.
If you don’t have your license card, you won’t be able to buy anything.
Only holders of the primary and joint alcohol permit cards are permitted to enter the retail store. The retail store will not admit guests, spouses without joint cards, or children of any age.
Pork items are solely available to non-Muslims.
Any transactions witnessed on Qatar distribution company property will result in the license being suspended or revoked.
Management reserves the right to reject membership, cancellation, or access to the premises.
What is the monthly quota of permits?
The value is determined by a variety of factors, including your monthly basic pay. When the application procedure is completed, you will be informed of the monthly amount you can purchase.
What is the maximum validity I can be issued or renew my permit?
The expiration date will be displayed in the format MM/YY. The permission will be valid up until the last day of the month shown.
To give you time to renew your license, you will be allowed one purchase 30 days after the expiration date (the last day of the month displayed on the card in MM/YY format). You must have a confirmed retail shop appointment booked prior to the card expiration date to use it within 30 days.
How do I renew my liquor permit?
If your previous permit application data include the same employer/sponsorship, then renewals can be done only on the basis of a renewed Qatar ID. Visit qdc.com.qa to renew online, or make an appointment to renew personally.
If any of the applicant’s circumstances have changed (company, role, pay, housing status, etc. ), all of the documents listed in Q1 is necessary. Please apply in person and reapply with the updated application form.
If you are sponsored by a family member, you must obtain a new letter from your job as well as a new Qatar Resident Permit card each time you renew. (The validity of a Qatar Residence Permit should be at least two months.)
Payment of the licensing fee is pro-rated and depends on the validity of the Qatar residence permit. The fee for the license will be collected electronically using debit or credit cards.
(Please see the cost table above)
How do I get an extra permit card for my spouse?
Only the spouse of the current permit holder will be issued an additional card upon request
Both the current permit holder and spouse must apply in person.
The spouse must have a current Resident Permit.
My license card has an expiry date printed on it, can I still use this card?
Yes, you can use the same card to arrange appointments or shop online using QDC’s online purchasing options after renewing your permit online.
Do I need to change the card after I renew my permit online?
There is no need to alter the card right now. The permit card will remain valid till further notice. You may, however, come to the permit office at any time to replace a worn-out or damaged permit card.
What documents are required to renew a joint card?
Please provide an authorization letter and a copy of the primary card holder’s Qatar ID, if the main cardholder is not present for the renewal.
What do I do if I lose my permit card?
You must immediately tell QDC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that the missing card can be disabled.
To acquire a replacement, make an appointment with a Retail Store Visit. You must then present personal identification, such as your Qatar Resident Permit card, a Qatar driver’s license, or a passport, to the Permit Office.
If the permit is still valid, a new card with the same number but a different card code will be provided.
If an outdated card is discovered, it should be discarded because the code in our system will be disabled. Once you’ve received your replacement, you can go shopping.
If your permit has expired, you must renew it before receiving a replacement card.
For details on renewals, see “How do I renew my permit?“.
Are the Pork Purchases deducted from my monthly Quota?
No, the monthly liquor quota solely applies to purchases of alcoholic beverages. There are no pork items included.
How do I cancel my permit card?
If you are unable to attend in person or have already left Qatar, please contact email@example.com with your permit information. Submit in order for your card to be formally canceled.
Can I transfer alcohol to another person?
It is important to note that transferring alcohol to another person, even if they have valid permission, is not permissible.
Any transfers detected on our property will result in the items and permits being confiscated. Permits can be canceled or revoked at any time, with no refund of fees paid. Please read the permit rules carefully and follow them to the letter.
If I have a Retail Store booking only to realize that my permit has expired, will I be allowed to visit the permit office as a walk-in customer?
No, you can renew and pay for your permission in advance of your visit to the store. Alternatively, you can make an appointment to renew your license in the store by booking an appointment online.
After my permit transaction (e.g. new license, renewal of license, etc.) is complete, can I see the Retail Store to purchase?
YES – You are free to shop after your permit transaction is completed.
I received an SMS to meet the review officer. Do I need to book an appointment?
YES – To schedule an appointment with the review office, go to the website and click on the PERMIT RENEWAL button.
How do I book a Retail Store Visit Appointment if I’m a Joint Cardholder?
Joint Cardholders can schedule a visit to a retail store using their Permit number and the Main Permit holder’s QID. Please note that the same appointment can be used by both main card and joint cardholders.
I’m in the Retail Store now but I have forgotten my card at home! What do I do?
To obtain a one-day temporary pass, please visit the permit office with a valid QID.