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Cigarette Licenses

Anyone who wishes to engage in the wholesale or retail business of trafficking in cigarettes in the state of Ohio must have a license to do so, Ohio Revised Code 5743.15. A vendor’s license is required to obtain a cigarette license.

Retail Cigarette Dealers licenses are obtained at the County Auditor's office. Wholesale licenses are obtained through the Ohio Department of Taxation.

The license does not authorize the licensee to engage in the business of trafficking in cigarettes at any place of business in this state other than that specified by the Auditor. (One license is good for one location)

Any person who employs the use of a motor vehicle to convey a supply of cigarettes from place to place for the purpose of offering such cigarettes for sale must obtain a license for each vehicle in each county in which any vehicle is used.

In the event that a business is moved from one location to another, or the business is sold, or an individual or partnership incorporates his own business, or a partnership or corporation is dissolved, the cigarette license which has been issued to a dealer prior to the occurrence of any such event may not be used.

Cigarette licenses are to be displayed near the product being sold for easy inspection. If cigarettes are being sold in your place of business and you do not have a license or your vending machine does not have one displayed, please contact your local Auditor’s office.

If you sell cigarettes within the City of Warren, you must purchase an additional cigarette license from the Warren City Health Department at a cost of $100. You can reach them by phoning 330-841-2598.

(330) 675-2446

Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 4:30pm

Cigarette License Application

Cost to apply:
$125 for regular licenses

Must apply each year

A vendor’s license is required to obtain a cigarette license.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is not. However, kindly inform our office of your move so that we can transfer or update your details accordingly.

No. If you own multiple business locations and have a cigarette license, it's important to note that your license is not universal. In other words, your cigarette license is only valid for the specific location it was issued for. Therefore, if you plan on operating at multiple locations, you will need to obtain a separate license for each individual location.

In the event of a change or restructuring in ownership, the business is required to submit a new application for a cigarette license.