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Apply for or Renew Cigarette Retailer’s License or Tobacco Products Retailer’s License

The Illinois Department of Revenue has begun accepting renewal license applications for Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer’s Licenses. By law, the license applications must be submitted electronically, and the license fee must be paid electronically using the ACH debit payment method. Most users can complete the application process in just a matter of minutes. See FY 2016-03-A, Retailers of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Required to Obtain Licenses.

You must submit your Cigarette or Tobacco Products Retailer’s License application and the fee for your license using MyTax Illinois, available at mytax.illinois.gov. If you have not yet activated a MyTax Illinois account, begin by clicking the “Sign up Now!” button on the MyTax Illinois homepage. If you need help, consult the Department’s Guide to Creating a MyTax Illinois Account.

Note: The law allows a Cigarette Retailer’s License holder to sell both cigarettes and other tobacco products at retail but does not allow a Tobacco Products Retailer’s License holder to sell cigarettes at retail. A Tobacco Products Retailer’s License holder can only sell other tobacco products at retail, not cigarettes.

Applications are generally approved in one to two business days, after which your license will be mailed to you. Once issued, licenses are viewable under “Letters” in your MyTax Illinois account.