How to get an Ohio Vendor's License
In Ohio, most businesses are required to have a sales tax permit. This means that, if you are considering opening a new business or are beginning to make sales in Ohio for the first time, you will need to determine your business' permit requirements. The good news is that you can get an Ohio Vendor's License and be ready to do business instantly after you submit your application. This guide will help you learn how!
Who needs an Ohio Vendor's License?
Ohio state law requires any person or business making taxable retail sales or offering taxable services to first obtain a "Vendor's License". An Ohio Vendor's License is the equivilant of a sales tax license and authorizes you to collect and remit sales tax to the State of Ohio and local tax bureaus.
Businesses with a taxable presence within Ohio are considered to have sales tax nexus within the state. For more details on what constitutes a taxable presence, see sales tax nexus in Ohio.
How to get an Ohio Vendor's License:
All Ohio vendors are required to file their sales tax returns electronically, either via the Ohio Business Gateway web portal or via the state's TeleFile phone system.
To get your Vendor's License (which authorizes you to collect sales tax), you can either apply online via the Ohio Business Gateway website or in-person at your local county auditor's office.
Call the Ohio Business Gateway Electronic Filing Help Desk at (866) OHIO-GOV ) if you need assistance using the online application system.
You need the following information to apply for an Ohio Vendor's License:
Business identification information,
Business NAICS Code,
Date you will begin collecting Ohio sales tax
Ohio Vendor's License Application Fee, Turnaround Time, and Renewal Info
Applying for an Ohio Vendor's License is free, and you will receive your permit instantly after filing your application.
Application Fee: $25
Turnaround Time: Instantly
Permit Renewals: No Renewals Needed
Apply For Your Ohio Vendor's License Now:
Get Your Ohio Vendor's License Online
You can easily acquire your Ohio Vendor's License online using the website. If you have quetions about the online permit application process, you can contact the Department of Taxation via the sales tax permit hotline or by checking .
Offline Ohio Vendor's License Application Form
No offline application form is available. You can apply for your Ohio Vendor's License online using the Ohio Business Gateway website using the above link!
What's Next? Now that you know how to apply for your Ohio Vendor's License, learn how to collect and remit the Ohio sales tax.
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