Tobacco Licensing: Retail and Wholesale
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.
Ramifications of Non-Compliance
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.
How we help your business:
- We streamline the overwhelming task of becoming properly licensed. Our licensing specialists will determine the necessary registrations, compile applications and make sure your business receives the license.
- We help your business avoid fines and a tarnished reputation by managing your ongoing compliance.
- We save you money by allowing your employees to focus on your core business purpose. Let LicenseLogix focus on what we do best -- getting your business licensed.
More Resources:U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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