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Cigarette License Application

The 2024-2025 Cigarette License is open for online applications.

  • Welcome to the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services’ Cigarette Licensing Renewal Application. You may use this application if you would like to renew a retailer, vending machine or manufacturer’s representative license to sell cigarettes in the State of New Jersey. For first time applicants, download the application here. The State of New Jersey requires all sellers of cigarettes to be licensed. The annual fee for a retailer or vending machine license is $50 (per location). The annual fee for a manufacturer’s representative license is $5. The annual licensing period is April 1 through March 31.

    To receive your Cigarette License, you must enter information about your business on the following screens and pay the annual license fee by credit card or E-check. If your business has outstanding State tax liabilities, you will be required to satisfy your liabilities before you submit your license application. You will be able to print your license at the end of your session.

    To begin, please enter the first 9 digits of your New Jersey Business Identification Number.

Attention: New Jersey Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Devices Retailer

In 2017, State law increased the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21. It is a violation of the New Jersey tobacco law to sell tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to a person under the age of 21. The State enforces this law through unannounced inspections with violations resulting in graduated fines of $250, $500 and $1,000. Multiple violations of this law may result in the suspension or revocation of your license.

Avoid Illegal Sales - Train Your Staff to:

  • Look directly at each person attempting to purchase a tobacco products and electronic smoking devices over the counter or from a vending machine; and
  • See what the person looks like in detail. Do not guess a person’s age. If you think the person might be underage, request photo ID; and
  • Check the birth date on the photo ID. If the person is under the age of 21, or if doubt exists about the age or ID, or if the person does not present ID, refuse the sale.
  • The best practice recommendation is to ID everyone that is trying to purchase a tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.

Merchant education is an essential part of the front-line defense and prevention for youth tobacco use. You can help STOMP Out Youth Tobacco Use by being a responsible retailer. This program is part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control and is considered a best practice to help reduce the non- compliance rates in New Jersey. In the links below, you can find downloadable documents to help prepare you to be a responsible retailer in your region. You can download the responsible retailer pledge, merchant education script and educational materials.

If you have any questions, please email Tobacco Free NJ at Tobacco Free NJ is a non-profit coalition funded by the New Jersey Department of Health.