WA State Licensing: Cigarette retailer

Cigarette retailer

A Cigarette Retailer endorsement is required for each location where cigarettes are sold at retail.

Note: To sell other tobacco products besides cigarettes, a Tobacco Products Retailer endorsement is also required.

Post your license

A license must be posted at each location where the licensee operates. You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License document listing the required endorsement.

How to apply


Complete a Business License Application online using our new online system, My DOR. You can pay with E-check or a MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit or debit card (gift cards cannot be used). Note: The credit/debit card option is provided to you by a private, non-state vendor that will impose a 2.5% convenience fee for the service.

By mail

  1. Complete all of the following forms:
    • Business License Application
    • A separate Personal/Criminal History Statement for each of the following:
      • Sole proprietor and spouse.
      • Corporate officers.
      • Partners and spouses.
      • Limited partners who hold more than 10% interest in the business.
      • Financiers.
      • Limited liability company members or managers.
      • Stockholders that hold 10% of the issued stock.
  2. Mail your completed forms with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:
    State of Washington
    Business License Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034


Specialty endorsement Fee
Cigarette Retailer $93 per location
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)


Regulatory questions

Department of Revenue
Phone: 360-534-1503