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Licensing Information
The Lucas County Auditor issues licenses for dogs, vendors and cigarettes. Kennel licenses are purchased with Lucas County Canine Care and Control.

Vendor's License
The Lucas County Auditor's Office can be reached regarding County Vendor's Licenses at (419) 213-4340.

You can obtain a copy of a vendor's license at the Auditor's Office for $5.00.

Who is Required to obtain a Vendor's License?
Vendor's licenses are used to collect state sales tax. There are two types of vendor's licenses: County and Transient.
  • County Vendor's License is required for selling taxable goods or services at a fixed location of business.
  • Transients Vendor's License is for the sale of goods at various shows and markets throughout the State of Ohio.
H.B. 508 recently changed the rules for needing a Transient Vendor's license so the County Vendor's license applies in more situations than previously. Please see the FAQ section to decide which license is necessary for your business.

Where do I get a Vendor's License?
County vendor's licenses, for businesses located at a fixed location within Lucas County can be obtained at:

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez
Attn: Vendor's License
One Government Center, Suite 770
Toledo, OH 43604

Use the Vendor's Application link above to fill out the application and either bring or mail it to our office.
The cost is a one-time $25.00 fee as long as your business stays within the county. 

If you move your business to another county, contact the county auditor in the new county to purchase another Vendor's License. 

Transient vendor's licenses are $25.00 and are issued by the State of Ohio Department of Taxation. They are available online or by calling (888) 405-4089. To file online visit the State of Ohio Department of Taxation Sales & Use Tax Department

To apply in person, walk-in assistance is available at:
Taxpayer Services Division
4485 Northland Ridge Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43229


Retail Cigarette Dealer's License
Contact the Lucas County Auditor's Office about Cigarette Licenses at (419) 213-4340.
Who is required to obtain a Cigarette Dealer's License?
Anyone who sells or transports cigarettes within Lucas County must obtain a yearly Cigarette Dealer's License.

Licenses must be renewed annually and are good for one-year from the 4th Monday in May to the 4th Monday of May the following year. The cost of renewal is $125.00 per location. New retail licenses bought for a new business after the 4th Monday in May are eligible for a pro-rated fee.

If you are transferring an existing retail cigarette license to another location within Lucas County, you can only do so at the Auditor's Office for a $5.00 fee. The original license is required at that time.

Where do I get a Cigarette License?
Retail Cigarette Dealer's Licenses are purchased at the County Auditor's Office or by mail. Completed applications and applications fees may be mailed or dropped to:

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez
Attn: Cigarette License
One Government Center, Suite 770
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Wholesale Dealer's Cigarette Licenses must be purchased from the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Important Notice: Ohio passed legislation that prohibits the sale of cigarettes in Ohio that have not been approved by the Attorney General's Office. A list of brands legal for sale in Ohio may be found via the State of Ohio Department of Taxation Cigarette web page.

It is illegal to possess any brand not listed on this site for sale in Ohio. Also, it is unlawful to purchase tobacco products from an unlicensed manufacturer or importer. A list of licensed cigarette manufacturers is also located at the above link.

Dog Licensing
Visit our Dog Licensing web page for information about obtaining a dog license.

In order to serve as a dog license agent, please review the vendor requirements and the online agent agreement.