Register for a Vendor's License
Ohio law requires any person or business making retail sales
of tangible personal property or taxable services to register
for the sales tax by obtaining a vendor’s license. The state
offers several different
types of vendor's licenses, depending on the kind of
business, and at least three ways to obtain a license.
Business Gateway — Prospective retailers may
obtain a vendor's license immediately through the Ohio
Business Gateway (OBG). Note: Businesses must first
establish an account with the OBG before using it to
request a vendor's license.
County auditors — Businesses
may also apply for a vendor's license with their county
auditor. Choose this option for a for a complete list of
county auditors, as compiled by the County Auditors
Association of Ohio.
When completing a vendor's license registration form,
business owners will need to know where their company falls
within the North American Industry Classification System
here for a partial list of NAICS codes. For more
information on NAICS, visit the U.S. Census