Kansas Business License

You can obtain a Kansas business license online or by mail.

We provide the information and resources you'll need to get federal, state, and local licenses and permits for your small business, including the seller’s permit.

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How to Get a Business License in KS

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
  • Local
  • Federal

State of Kansas Business Licensing

The main state-level permit or license in Kansas is the seller’s permit.

You must obtain a seller's permit if you:

  • Are engaged in business in Kansas
  • Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property or services that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold at retail.

Visit the Kansas Department of Revenue website to obtain a seller’s permit.

Additionally, businesses in some industries or professions are required to obtain other business licenses or permits. Kansas provides a list of professions that commonly require additional state licenses, along with contact information for the relevant state office.

Local Kansas Business Licensing

In Kansas, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.

For example, the City of Topeka does not have a general business license, but it does require certain business activities to get specific licenses.

Contact your local Kansas city or county government office for more information about business licensing requirements.

Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Kansas

Kansas Seller’s Permit

You can register for a Kansas seller’s permit online, by mail, or by fax.

Apply for a Kansas Seller’s Permit

OPTION 1: Apply Online With the Kansas Department of Revenue

Apply Online

- OR -

OPTION 2: Apply by Mail or by Fax

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Fee: None

Mailing Address:
Kansas Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 3506
Topeka KS 66625-3506

Fax: (785) 291-3614

Other Kansas Business Licenses

The processes for obtaining other Kansas business licenses or permits vary. Check with the relevant state or local government office for more information.

Renewal

Kansas seller’s permits do not need to be renewed. Check with the relevant state or local government office for renewal information for other licenses or permits you may 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:

Agriculture
Alcoholic beverages
Aviation
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Commercial fisheries
Maritime transportation
Mining and drilling
Nuclear energy
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics

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KS 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 Kansas business license?

Every Kansas business that sells taxable goods or services needs a seller’s permit. Businesses in certain professions and locations may need additional licenses.

What licenses do I need to open a business in Kansas?

Most businesses at least need a Kansas seller’s permit. Businesses in certain professions and locations may need additional licenses.

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.

How much does a Kansas business license cost?

There is no fee for a Kansas seller’s permit. The cost for other licenses varies.

How do I get a Kansas business license?

You can register for a Kansas seller’s permit online through the Kansas Department of Revenue Customer Service Center website, by mail, or by fax.

Do I have to renew my Kansas business license?

Kansas seller’s permits do not need to be renewed. Check with the relevant state or local government office for renewal information for other licenses or permits you may have.

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