Any person engaging in the wholesale or retail business of trafficking in cigarettes within the state of Ohio is required to have a Cigarette Dealer's License. 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 County Auditor’s office at 419-399-8205. Cigarette licenses are to be displayed near the product being sold for easy inspection.
A Cigarette Dealer’s License may be obtained at the County Auditor’s Office for a fee of $125.00 for a retail license. To obtain a retail cigarette dealer’s license you must also have a Vendor's License. The wholesale license is now sold directly by the State for a fee of $1,000.00.
The license does not authorize the licensee to engage in the business of trafficking cigarettes at any place in this state other than that specified by the County Auditor on the License. One license is good for only one location.
Any person who employs the use of a motor vehicle to convey a supply of cigarettes from place to place or for the purpose of offering such cigarettes for sale must obtain a license for each vehicle and in each county in which any such vehicle is used.
In the event that a business moves, or the business is sold, or an individual or partnership incorporates his own business, or a partnership or corporation is dissolved, the cigarette license issued to a dealer prior to the occurrence of any such event may not be used.
A cigarette dealer’s license (retail) may be transferred to a different business or person within the same county, by filing an application with the County Auditor's Office and payment of a $1.00 fee.
Retail Licenses are renewed on or before the fourth Monday in May through the County Auditor's Office. If the application is filed after the fourth Monday in May, the license fee required to be paid shall be prorated to the amount for the remainder of the license year. Wholesale Licenses are renewed directly by the State of Ohio.
If you have questions please call the Auditor's Office at 419-399-8205.