Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Who needs an alcohol passport?

The ''responsible manager test'', in other words alcohol proficiency test must be completed all those who wish to act as a responsible manager or as a substitute at licenced premises.

Can a person under 18-years old do the alcohol proficiency test?

It is possible, but the licensed premises serving alcoholic beverages cannot use a person who has not attained 18 years. Additional information on Valvira's site, Responsible managers.

How do I take the alcohol proficiency test?

You can gain an alcohol passport by participating in an alcohol proficiency test arranged by an educational institution of the food and catering industry. Alcohol proficiency test arrangements depend on the educational institution. This is why contents, like question types, number of questions and needed score to pass, can change.

According to Valvira's guidelines, the educational institutions has to have at least 30 questions on the test and at least 80 % of them correct to pass the test.

Which areas should the holder of an Alcohol Passport master?

The alcohol proficiency test tests alcohol legislation and knowledge of drinks. The areas of the alcohol proficiency test are:

  • Serving activity
  • Advertising alcohol beverages at restaurants
  • Supervision and sanctions
  • Granting a serving licence
  • Licence and supervision fees

Do I have to participate in training in order to take the alcohol proficiency test?

In order to take the alcohol proficiency test one does not need to take part in training. However, doing so, it is a good way to be prepared for the test.

How can I register to the test? 

Test times and places can be found on our website, where you can also sign up for our tests. At the moment the system operates in Finnish and in English.

What is the price of alcohol proficiency test?

The price of the alcohol proficiency test and payment methods depends on the educational institute. Usually, the renewal test is a bit cheaper than the first alcohol proficiency test. More details of the prices and payment methods can be found under the alcohol passport test of your choice. 

How do I prepare for the alcohol proficiency test?

We recommend that you prepare for the alcohol proficiency test. The educational institutions base the alcohol proficiency tests on Valvira's material, Serving of alcohol beverages on licenced premises. Please read the material carefully! You can also test your skills on

We arrange tailored alcohol proficiency training and tests for groups and companies. Request for an offer!

What are acceptable forms of identification?

  • An identification with a picture approved by an official (police) including, an official identification cardpassport and a Finnish driver's licence (a moped licence is also acceptable)
  • An alien's passport  and a refugee travel document 

  • A stamped document, given by the police or Finnish Border Guard, which proves your passport is in the possession of an official. The document must include a copy of the passport.

What forms are not valid proof of identification?

  • An expired driving licence, passport or ID card
  • A foreign driver's licence
  • A Finnish Kela card with picture

  • A Finnish military passport

  • A residency card (without passport)

  • A reception centre client card

  • Photocopies of ID cards, passports or other documents

  • Any form of identification on which it is easy to change the photo or is missing a name or a social security numb

I didn't pass the alcohol proficiency test. How can I find out about wrong/right answers?

The original or copied alcohol proficiency tests are not given to test participants or to other people. If you want to inquire answers to your alcohol proficiency test, you can do this right after the alcohol proficiency test has ended or you can go your test through with the Instructor later. Please contact to customer service for more details.

I have lost my alcohol passport. What do I do?

If you have lost your alcohol passport please ask for a copy of your alcohol passport from the educational institution that granted it. Valvira does not keep a register of completed alcohol proficiency tests.

When the official alcohol passport will arrive?

The official alcohol passport will arrive within 2-4 weeks from the alcohol proficiency test day.

For how long is the alcohol passport valid?

The alcohol passport is valid until further notice