Also called a Permit License, Resale Permit, Resell Permit,
Reseller Permit, Wholesale ID, State ID, Reseller Number,
Resale ID, State Sales and Use Tax, State Tax ID Number,
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Q: What type of permit is a sellers permit?
A: It is a permit for sales of taxable items and it is called a sellers permit..
Q: So what is a resale permit?
A:A resale permit is called resale because in most
cases you buy wholesale and you resell retail that
is why it is also called a reseller permit.
Q: What is the difference between resell license vs
resale permit vs resellers permit?
A:Yes a resale license a resell permit and a resellers permit
are all the same as a sellers permit.
If you are in the business of selling, leasing personal
tangible property ( for example, selling from home ebay merchandise
online) or sell taxable services at a retail or wholesale level, you
are required to obtain a Seller's Permit.
In addition, if you are a
seller at more than one location, a separate license is required for
each location. We will prepare and review and file your seller's
Any business location is covered, including home businesses as
well as eBay and online sales, unless the seller is except from
taxation. Exempt from taxation are non profit corporations for
is what you need to start a business:
1. ALL Businesses ( home, eBay & online
included) Must Register the Business with a Business License (
What is a Business License ) & Must Register the Business NAME
with A DBA -- ( What is a DBA ) -- instead of filing a DBA, you
can incorporate or form an LLC.
2. Retailers / Wholesalers, Must Register
for sales tax with a Seller's Permit ( also called wholesale,
resale, reseller, state id, sales id etc).
3. Employers Must Register for Employment
Taxes with a Federal Employer ID Number & State Employer ID
Number ( you also need a federal id if you incorporate or form
4. Optionally, get a federal tax id
because all businesses MUST be identified by a BUSINESS TAX ID
NUMBER. If you don't get a federal tax id, you will need to use
your social sec number to identify your business.
Legally, you are required ( applies to all
starting businesses, including small business, internet business,
and home based businesses),
get a seller's business license and get
a seller's dba business name certificate
and obtain a sales tax id resale or reseller's license number.
Below are Business License / Seller's Permit / &
Business Registration types currently available for your search.
License Type Description
See General Description
Continuation of permit for any individual, partnership,
corporation, or other organization already holding a valid
- Normally, a seller's permit is valid only at the location
for which it is issued. If there is more than one business
location, most states issue the same permit number with a
variation number for each location.
Sales and Use Tax
- What type of permits do I need if I am
starting a new business?
- Seller's Permit
- Business License (All businesses are req'd to have one)
- DBA business name also called a fictitious business name
or trade name. (owners using their family name as the trade
name of the business do not have to file a dba).
- Federal Tax Id Number (Corporations/llcs & Employers are
required to have it). Sole owners can use it as
a business tax id number because all businesses must be
identified either by an owners social security number or a
federal tax id number.
- A State Employer Tax Id Number ( all employers must
obtain this one).
- Note: it is recommended that you incorporate or form an
llc to protect your personal assets from claims arising out
of business transactions.
- How do I obtain a Seller's permit?
- Do I need a Seller's Permit
if I am starting a new business?
Sometimes it is confusing because a seller's permit license is the same as a sales permit.
It is a permit for sales of taxable items and it is called a sellers permit.
In essense, however, it is a tax permit and to be more exact, a resale permit
because in most cases you buy wholesale and
you resell retail that is why it is also called a reseller permit.
A seller's permit or resellers permit is a resell permit of merchandise and
it is used as a sales tax permit because you collect sales tax and you pay the state.
So, to conlude, it is a permit to sell taxable merchandise and collect sales tax.
- Who Must Obtain a Seller's Permit?
A seller's permit is required for every individual,
partnership, or corporation making retail sales, leases, or
rentals of tangible personal property or taxable services in
all US states, unless you are selling itmes that are exempt
from sales or use tax.
NOTE: A Seller's permit with that name
(seller's permit) may not be issued to wholesalers,
manufacturers and other businesses not making direct retail
sales of tangible property or taxable services.
Normally, a sales tax id with another term is used, such as
perhaps a wholesale license.
- When should I apply?
Apply for a seller's permit at least three weeks before
you open your business. You must apply for a new permit if
yoiu buying a business from another owner.
- What if i applied but have not received my
In such case, you are allowed to make retail sales of
tangible personal property and taxable services. However,
you are responsible to keep records and pay the government
for all your sales tax.
- A Bond May Be Required
Before or after you are issued a seller's permit, the
state may require you to make a security deposit depending
on the volume of merchandise you sell. A
security deposit is usually required after you exceed a
certain amount. Deposit ranges from $100 to $15,000
depending on the state.
Security is usually requested when there has been a
history of delinquent taxes associated with the applicant or
the amount of taxes expected to be generated from sales is
- Issuing of the Seller's Permit
After submitting the Application for Sales Tax
Registration and the security deposit (if requested), you
will soon receive the permit in the mail. You must display
the seller's permit in a location at your place of business.
In some cases some states send you a wallet copy with
your seller's permit to provide you with easy access to your
seller's permit sales tax id number.
- Tax Certificate
In some states, a consumer's tax
certificate is required for businesses that regularly
purchases or leases taxable property or services for
storage, use, or consumption and a sales or use tax was not
paid. This certificate is not required if a business already
holds a seller's permit or use tax certificate.
- Use Tax Certificate
A use tax certificate is similar to a seller's permit but
it is for an other than the issuing state 's residents.
For example you are a business in California but you
are engaged in business in Wisconsin. In such case you
are an out-of-state retailer who is not required to hold a
seller's permit, but you are making retail sales, leases, or
rentals of tangible personal property or providing taxable
services in Wisconsin.
For example, if you are an out-of-state retailer and have
physical presence (legal nexus) in some states, you may be
required to register and collect the tax.
- How do I obtain a permit?
You can register on line at
You will need to complete an
for Seller's Permit Tax Registration.