You can obtain a Texas business license online or by mail.
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How to Get a Business License in TX
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 Texas Business Licensing
The only state-level permit or license in Texas is the sales tax permit, also known as a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a sales tax permit if you:
- Are engaged in business in Texas
- Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property or sell taxable services.
Visit the Texas Comptroller website to obtain a sales tax permit.
Additionally, businesses in certain professions or industries may need other specific licenses or permits. The Texas Business Permits Office has a Business Permits and Licenses Guide that provides a comprehensive list of state licenses and permits.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website also provides information about some statewide professional business licenses.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Texas
Texas Sales Tax Permit
You can register for a Texas sales tax permit online or by mail. To apply online, you will need to create an account to log in to the site.
Other Texas Business Licenses
You do not need to renew your Texas sales tax permit.
Check with the relevant government office for the renewal requirements for any other licenses or permits your business may have.
Local Texas Business Licensing
In Texas, you may need other licenses or local permits from your local government depending on your location and business activity.
For example, the City of San Antonio requires businesses that sell items door-to-door or in public spaces to obtain a Peddler’s License.
Check with your local city or county government office for more information. Your local county clerk's office and the Small Business Administration are good resources for small businesses, particularly limited liability companies (LLCs) and sole proprietorships. The county clerk or city clerk will tell you about the licenses required for particular business activities.
For example, many food service businesses require ServSafe certification and local health department licenses or permits for conducting business in most Texas cities.
Federal Business Licenses and Permits
In addition to obtaining a business license in Texas, small businesses like LLCs and sole proprietorships may require a federal license to conduct 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
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TX 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 Texas business license?
Any business that sells taxable goods or services needs a Texas sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need other specific licenses or permits.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Texas?
Most businesses will at least need a sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may also need other specific licenses or permits.
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 Texas, this is called a sales tax permit.
How much does a Texas business license cost?
There is no fee to apply for a Texas sales tax permit. The cost of other licenses or permits varies.
How do I get a Texas business license?
You can register for a Texas sales tax permit online with the Texas Comptroller website or by mail. The processes for obtaining other licenses or permits vary.
Do I have to renew my Texas business license?
You do not need to renew your Texas sales tax permit. Check with the relevant government office for the renewal requirements for any other licenses or permits your business may have.