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

Apply by using one of the following options:

  • Online with My DOR. My DOR works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

    1. Login using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID. If you don’t have a user ID or aren’t sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
    2. Once logged in, add My DOR to your list of services, then open My DOR.
    3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

      If you do not have an existing business

      1. Click File Business License Application. Be sure to select the endorsements for which you wish to apply.

      If you have an existing business

      1. If you haven’t already, add access to your business. You’ll need a UBI number and letter ID.
      2. Click on the business you want to apply for a license/endorsement under, then click on the location.
      3. Click Add License Endorsements/Employees.
  • You can pay using an E–check or a major credit card (gift cards can’t be used).

    Find more help for using My DOR, including video tutorials.

  • 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 $175 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

Liquor and Cannabis Board
Phone: 360-664-1600

Tax questions

Department of Revenue
Phone: 360-534-1503