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NOTICE: The State of Ohio Department of Taxation has changed its Vendor License Program as of July 2014. All sales and entry of new vendor license sold in Hamilton County are now completed through a State portal website. As a result of the changes Vendor License reports will be available on a monthly basis only. Additionally, the State of Ohio's report does not provide the "Business Type" field on their report as did the reports previously produced by our office.



New On-line Filing Requirements

CIGARETTE LICENSE APPLICATION - PDF File

VENDOR LICENSE APPLICATION - PDF File


CIGARETTE LICENSE FILES

9/1/16 to 8/31/17
4/27/15 to 4/20/16
4/20/16 to 8/31/16

VENDOR LICENSE FILES

May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014
2013 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2012 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2011 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2010 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2009 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2008 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2007 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2006 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2005 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2004 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2003 Year-To-Date Vendor File
2002 Year-To-Date Vendor File - Starting 09/06/02 through 12/31/02
Vendor License File Layout - PDF File

A Brief Description of Vendor’s Licenses

A Vendor's License for an Ohio business serves several purposes. First it gives notice to the local County Auditor and the Ohio Department of Taxation that a new business has been created. Second, it authorizes a business to make taxable sales and collect sales tax. It does not give a company or person an exemption from paying sales tax. Obtaining a vendor's license solely to avoid paying sales tax is a fraudulent act and a violation of Ohio law.

In addition, a vendor's license helps the consumer understand more about the business with which they are dealing. Every business must post its vendor's license in clear sight of the public, so that the owner or company name, the business or trade name, the business address, business telephone number and the primary kind of business being operated can be easily seen.

The County Auditor issues the vendor's licenses. The Form ST-1 is the Application for Vendor's License to Make Taxable Sales. The vendor's license is for a business with a permanent location. For each location, a separate license must be obtained. The fee is $25.00. Contact the Hamilton County Auditor's Office at (513) 946-4106 for more information. If you're from outside of Hamilton County, contact your local County Auditor. A list of County Auditors can be found at the County Auditors' Association of Ohio website, http://caao.org/auditors-directory/.

A Transient Vendor's License is issued directly by the Ohio Department of Taxation to a vendor with no fixed place of business. The fee for a Transient License is $25.00.. The Form ST-10-T is the Transient Vendor's License Application. Contact the Department at 1-888-405-4089 for answers to any questions you may have.

The Department of Taxation also has answers to frequently asked questions at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/faq.aspx under Sales & Use Tax.

In addition, you may go to the Ohio Business Gateway to apply for a vendor's license and register for other services. The URL for the OBG is http://obg.ohio.gov/.http://obg.ohio.gov/. For additional assistance by phone, call the OBG Help Desk at 866-OHIO-GOV (866-644-6468). The OBG Help desk is available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. excluding state holidays.

You may mail or hand deliver the completed application to:

The Office of Dusty Rhodes, Hamilton County Auditor
Licenses Division 304
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Please include a certified check, business check, or money order for $25.00 for a Vendor's License.

Effective September 29, 2000, a Vendor's License may be transferred within the same county. To transfer the license from one location to another, Sales Tax Form ST3-TL, "Request for Transfer of Vendor's License", must be completed and sent to the Department of Taxation.

Other useful links from the Ohio Department of Taxation:

Hamilton Co. Department of Administrative Services - Office of Small, Minority, & Female Business Development

Ohio Department of Taxation Sales & Use Tax

Sales & Use Tax FAQ

Tax Rate Finder


Effective September 6, 2002, County Auditors may disclose limited information regarding vendor licenses. Am. Sub. S. B. 200 (See ORC 5739.17, ORC 5715.49(B) and ORC 5717.50) allows disclosure of the following vendor information: Vendor Name (“in a proprietorship, the proprietor’s name, otherwise the business entity name, and any name under which the licensee is doing business”), Business Address (actual physical business location), Vendor License Number, and License Status (Active/Inactive).