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Cigarette Dealer's Licenses

A cigarette dealer’s license may be obtained in the County Fiscal Officer’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 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 Fiscal Officer. (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 or 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 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.

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 County Fiscal Officer’s Office at (216) 443-7010.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a cigarette license?

Any person engaging in the wholesale or retail business of trafficking in cigarettes within the state.

Where can I obtain a cigarette license?

Click here to download the Application for Retail Cigarette Dealer's License.

Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer's Office
County Administration Headquarters
2079 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

What is the cost for a cigarette renewal?

$125.00 for a retail license

Are license renewable?

License are renewed on or before the fourth Monday in May through the County Fiscal Officer's Office.

What is the cost of a license after the renewal period each year?

If the application is filed after the fourth Monday in May, the license fee is prorated at the time of purchase.

Is a retail dealers license transferable?

Yes, for the fee of $5.00. Wholesale License is issued at the Ohio Department of Taxation. 

What can I do if I need a copy of my current cigarette license?

A copy of a current Cigarette license can be obtained for $5.00 at:

Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer's Office
County Administration Headquarters
2079 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44115