WA State Licensing: Cigarette wholesaler

Cigarette wholesaler

A Cigarette Wholesaler License is required for businesses that purchase, sell, or distribute cigarettes to retailers for resale. You must include with your application a $5,000 surety bond required by the Department of Revenue.

Note: To purchase, sell, or distribute other tobacco products besides cigarettes, you’ll also need a Tobacco Distributor License.

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.

Forms you’ll need

Fees

Specialty license Fee
Main location $650
Each branch location $115
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
http://dor.wa.gov/