How to Get a Business License in WY
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 Wyoming Business Licensing
The main state-level permit or license in Wyoming is the sales tax license, also known as a seller’s permit.
You must obtain a sales tax license if you:
- Are engaged in business in Wyoming
- Intend to sell or lease tangible personal property, admissions, or services at retail or wholesale that are subject to taxation
Visit the Wyoming Internet Filing System for Business to obtain a sales tax license.
Additionally, businesses in certain professions and industries are required to have specific licenses or permits. The Wyoming Business Council provides a Business Permitting and Licensing Guide that includes many of these professions as well as contact information for the relevant government agency.
Local Wyoming Business Licensing
In Wyoming, you may need other licenses or permits from your local government depending on your business activity or location.
For example, the City of Cheyenne requires many different types of businesses to have a city business license or permit.
Steps for Obtaining a Business License in Wyoming
Wyoming Sales Tax License
You can register for a Wyoming sales tax license, or seller’s permit, online or by mail. To register online, you will need to create an account to log in to the website.
Other Wyoming Business License
The Wyoming sales tax license does not need to be renewed. Check with the relevant state, town, or county government for the renewal requirements for any other license or permit your business 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:
Firearms, ammunition, and explosives
Fish and wildlife
Mining and drilling
Radio and television broadcasting
Transportation and logistics
WY 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 Wyoming business license?
Any business that sells taxable goods or services needs a Wyoming sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may need other specific licenses or permits.
What licenses do I need to open a business in Wyoming?
Most businesses will at least need a Wyoming sales tax permit. Businesses in certain professions or locations may 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 Wyoming, this is called a sales tax license.
How much does a Wyoming business license cost?
There is a $60 registration fee for a Wyoming sales tax license. The cost of other licenses and permits varies.
How do I get a Wyoming business license?
You can register for a Wyoming sales tax license online with the Wyoming Internet Filing System for Business or by mail. The processes for getting other licenses and permits vary.