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Vendor and Cigarette Licenses

    1. Do I need a vendor’s license in Lake County?
    You will need a vendor’s license if you are selling taxable merchandise within Lake County.  If you have more specific questions about taxes, selling merchandise, etc, please contact the state directly. They can be reached at 1-888-405-4039 or visit their website at https://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/registration.aspx for more information.
     
    2. I need a vendor’s license but I will be making sales outside of Lake County? 
    You may need a transient vendor’s license.  We urge you to contact the state to determine the proper license needed. They can be reached at 1-888-405-4039 or visit their website at https://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/registration.aspx for more information. 
     
    3. How do I obtain a vendor’s license?
    You need fill out and submit a ST1 form to the Auditor’s office by mail or walk-in with your payment of $25.00, cash or check. You can also apply by using the Ohio Business Gateway.  
     
    4. How to I obtain a cigarette license?
    You need to fill out and submit a CIG40 form to the Auditor’s office by mail or walk-in with your payment of $125.00, cash or check.
     
    5. Do I need to renew my cigarette license every year?
    Yes.  The Auditor’s office will send out a renewal form by mail sometime in April every year.  A renewal costs $125.00, cash or check.  If renewing by mail, you MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your application and payment.
     
    6. I lost my vendor’s and/or cigarette license.  How do I get a copy?
    We can mail you a copy or you can stop by our office and a copy can be printed for you.  There is no fee for this service.

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