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Last Updated: 2/22/2018

Licensing Information

Cigarette Distributors and Subjobbers

​Distributors or subjobbers must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Revenue before they can sell or distribute cigarettes in Minnesota.

See Cigarette Tax Licensing and Filing Information for details on how to apply for a license and filing requirements.

City and County Tobacco Licensing Authorities

Businesses that sell cigarettes (including vapor products) are required to have a retail license. The city, county, or town where the business is located administers the license.

As the licensing authority, you must inform the Department of Revenue of the:

  • Business name
  • License address
  • Minnesota Tax ID Number
  • License effective and expiration dates

You are required to notify us within 30 days of any new license or license renewal, transfer, cancellation, suspension, or revocation during the license period. (Minnesota Statute 461.12, subd. 8.)

How do I submit the information?

You can use the License Application for Retailers (Form CT102) and fax it to us, or email a list in a Word or Excel file.

More information for retail applicants or new licensees is availalbe in the License Requirements for Retailers fact sheet.