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).

Forms you’ll need

How to apply

  • Complete a Business License Application online and 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
  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