WA State Licensing: Cigarette retailer

Cigarette retailer

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

Note: To sell other tobacco products besides cigarettes, a Tobacco Products Retailer License 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 license.

How to apply


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 license Fee
Cigarette Retailer License $93 per location
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Contact information

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov
Fax: 360-705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing information

Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure.

It is important that you contact our office, in writing, with any changes in address.

Regulatory questions

Department of Revenue
Phone: 360-534-1503