To get a liquor license for my corporation in California, I must tell the state where I was married and on what date(!) This is about the weirdest thing I have been asked on a form for my corporation. Of course this is on top of the usual over-the-top list of requirements to get a liquor license which include providing the state with:
- Fingerprints of owners and officers
- Name of bank and checking account numbers
- Name and address of accountant
- Name and address of attorney
- For every owner and officer:
- Spouse's name
- Home address
- Home phone number
- Drivers license number
- Social Security number
- Height, weight, eye and hair color
- Value of home
- Value of investments
- Debts and mortgages
- Net worth and Personal income history (again for each as individuals, not for the corporation).
The entire application, including forms and drawings, requires hours and hours to complete. As is usually for government forms packages, the same information is requested on multiple forms. To apply for two licenses requires two entire sets of forms filled out, signed, and notarize separately, despite the fact that 99.9% of the information is the same. My wife and I have to fill out extensive, totally identical personal affidavits multiple times, despite the fact that the exact same forms with all this information are already on file with the State of California for other liquor licenses the company holds in the state.
The purpose, of course, is twofold:
- To make sure we are not fronting for Al Capone, a problem that went out of date about 5 minutes after the repeal of prohibition, but still drives licensing requirements 75 years later.
- To make the process arcane and onerous enough to discourage us from entering the business in California, or, as a minimum, to force us to hire a consultant to help us with the process, the profession of which is 99.9% dominated by ex-California ABC employees. The harder the process is, the better the prospects for their post-retirement consulting gig.