How to Get a Business License in ID
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 Idaho Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in Idaho is the sales tax permit, also called a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a sales tax permit if you:
- Are engaged in business in Idaho
- Intend to sell or lease goods or services that are subject to the state’s sales tax.
Additionally, Idaho requires certain businesses in certain industries and professions to have separate licenses or permits. The state’s Licenses, Permits, and Regulations website provides links to various state professional licensing boards where you can find more information.
There is also a Business Wizard website that can help you figure out what licenses your business may need.
Local Idaho Business Licensing
In Idaho, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
For example, the City of Boise requires a number of different professions to have a separate business license.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Idaho
Idaho Sales Tax Permit
You can register for an Idaho sales tax permit online or by mail.
If your business has multiple locations, you will receive a separate sales tax permit for each one, but you only need to fill out one location as long as they operate under the same name. If the locations operate under different names, you will need to register each one separately.
Other Idaho Business Licenses
The Idaho sales tax permit does not need to be renewed.
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
ID 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 an Idaho business license?
Any business that sells taxable goods or services will need an Idaho sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may need other licenses as well.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Idaho?
Most businesses will at least need an Idaho sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may need other licenses as well.
What is a seller’s permit?
A seller’s permit is the common name for a license or permit that allows you to sell products or services. In Idaho, this is also called an Idaho sales tax permit.
How much does an Idaho business license cost?
There is no registration fee for an Idaho seller’s permit. The cost of other licenses varies.
How do I get an Idaho business license?
You can register for an Idaho sales tax permit online or by mail. To register online, use the Idaho Business Registration System website. The process for obtaining other licenses varies.
Do I have to renew my Idaho business license?
The Idaho sales tax permit does not need to be renewed. Check with the relevant state, county, or city government office for more information about renewal requirements for other licenses or permits your business has.