WA State Licensing: Tobacco distributor

Tobacco distributor

A Tobacco Distributor endorsement is required for businesses that purchase, sell, or distribute tobacco products other than cigarettes to retailers for resale.

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 listing the required endorsement(s).

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
    2. Mail your completed forms with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:

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


    Specialty endorsement Fee
    Main location
    Fee waived if also applying for or already have a cigarette wholesaler endorsement.)
    Each branch location $115
    Other fees that may apply Fee
    Registering your business name as a trade name $5
    Business License Application $19 (non-refundable)

    Regulatory questions:

    Department of Revenue
    Phone: 360-534-1503