How to Get a Business License in DE
You can get a business license online or by mail by applying with the correct licensing or regulatory agency for your business.
Business licensing requirements generally depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
There are three main licensing jurisdictions:
State of Delaware Business Licensing
Any person or entity conducting business in Delaware must have a business license from the Department of Revenue.
Visit the Delaware One Stop website to obtain a Delaware business license.
Additionally, certain professions must obtain a license from the Delaware Division of Professional Regulations. Check their website for more information.
Local Delaware Business Licensing
In Delaware, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
For example, the City of Dover requires all businesses to have a separate city business license, with different professions having different licensing fees.
Contact your local government office for more information.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Delaware
Delaware Business License
You can register for a Delaware business license online.
Other Delaware Business Licenses
Delaware business licenses expire on December 31. After the first year, you have the option to renew for one year or for three years. To renew online, use the Delaware One Stop website. To renew by mail, submit the business license renewal form that the Delaware Division of Revenue sends you.
Contact the relevant state or local office for renewal information about any other business licenses you have.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
You can get a business license by applying with the correct licensing and regulatory agency for your business. Business licensing requirements depend on your business’s activity and location (zoning requirements).
If your business conducts activities that are regulated by the federal government, you will need to apply for the appropriate business license or permit.
Choose a business activity below to learn how to apply:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
DE Business License FAQ
What is a business license?
A business license is a permit issued to businesses by a government office that allows the business to operate in a particular area. They can be issued by federal, state, or local governments. There are typically different licensing requirements for different businesses and different locations.
What are the types of business licenses?
There are many types of business licenses. These include licenses at the local, state, and federal levels, licenses related to sales tax and other taxes, and specific licenses for various professions. There are also environmental licenses, zoning permits, and more.
Is there a national business license?
Most businesses don’t need a federal business license, but some industries, including broadcasting, investment advising, and drug manufacturing, do have federal regulations and licenses.
Is an EIN the same as a business license?
No. An employer identification number (EIN) is issued by the IRS to identify and keep track of businesses, but it does not license them to operate.
Is an LLC considered a business license?
No. An LLC is a type of business structure. While you are required to register as an LLC, it is not a business license.
Who needs a business license in Delaware?
Any person or entity conducting business in Delaware must have a business license from the Department of Revenue. There are also local and professional licenses some businesses must have.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Delaware?
You will need a Delaware state business license, and businesses in some professions or locations may need additional licenses.
Do I need a seller’s permit in Delaware?
No. There is no state sales tax in Delaware and no seller’s permit.
How much does a Delaware business license cost?
A Delaware business license costs $75 per location. The cost of other professional or local licenses varies.
How do I get a business license in Delaware?
You can register for a Delaware business license online or by mail. The process for obtaining other licenses varies.
Do I have to renew my Delaware business license?
Delaware business licenses expire on December 31. After the first year, you have the option to renew for one year or for three years. Renewal requirements for other licenses vary.