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Tobacco Retail Store Registration


Before you submit your application

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    Review the form and requirements for registration.
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      A retail tobacco store is a business devoted primarily to the sale of any tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco, and accessories and in which the sale of other products is merely incidental. The sale of such other products shall be considered incidental if such sales generate less than 50% of the total annual gross sales.
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        The name on all supporting documents submitted must be the same as the name of the applicant provided on the application.
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          Applicants must provide a copy of a valid photo ID with the application. The name on the ID must match the name of the applicant on the application. Valid IDs are:
          • Driver’s license or non-driver ID
          • Alien Registration Card or Naturalization Certificate
          • U.S. or foreign passport
          • NYC Identification Card (IDNYC)
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            Food service establishments cannot register as a Retail Tobacco Store and may not allow smoking of tobacco products. A food service establishment is defined as a place where food or beverage is provided for individual portion service directly to the consumer whether such food or beverage is provided free of charge or sold, and whether consumption occurs on or off the premises.
            • Ready to Apply?

              Steps to apply online:

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              Make electronic copies of all required supporting documents.
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                Go to the NYC Online Licensing System and create an online account. Select the new permit type "Tobacco/E-Cig Retail Registration and complete an online application. You will be prompted to upload copies of your supporting documents.
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                  Steps to apply in person:

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                  Complete the application for registration and ensure you have all required supporting documentation.
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                    Completed applications and copies of required documentation may be submitted at the DCWP Citywide Licensing Center.

                      NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)

                      Licensing Center

                      42 Broadway, Lobby

                      New York NY 10004