The sale and distribution of tobacco products is heavily regulated throughout the United States and tobacco retailers and wholesalers face a growing list of tobacco license
requirements at the state, county and city levels. Don’t let your business get caught without the necessary tobacco business licenses. Our licensing specialists will research all
applicable licenses so that you can be certain your business is compliant.
Tobacco retailers and wholesalers are subject to regulation by many governing bodies. A compliant tobacco business often must hold many different licenses at once.
Application and license fees range from $20 - $1,000 per year for each license and most must be renewed with the licensing authority annually. A bond may be required in some cases. One common requirement is that tobacco retailers must conspicuously display their license at each retail location in a manner visible to the public.
Strict adherence to tobacco licensing laws is necessary due to excessive penalties and aggressive enforcement. Failure to renew a license or operating without a
license can lead to fines exceeding $10,000, suspension, or permanent revocation of the tobacco license. In many states, if a business operates without a proper tobacco license the
name and address of the business and its owners will be sent to the State Department of Taxation for investigation. Other penalties include public notice of the violation
or even criminal penalties.