California Tax Service Center

Get a Seller's Permit

A seller’s permit allows you to collect sales tax from customers and report those amounts to the state on a regular reporting period (either monthly, quarterly, or annual). There is no charge for a seller’s permit, but security deposits are sometimes required.

You can apply online using electronic registration (eReg) or you may apply at a nearby BOE office.

Before receiving a permit

You must provide the following to receive a Seller's Permit:

  • Your social security number (corporate officers excluded)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your driver license number, state ID number, or other ID (e.g., passport, military ID)
  • Names and location of banks where you have an account
  • Names and addresses of suppliers
  • Name and address of bookkeeper or accountant
  • Name and address of personal references
  • Expected average monthly sales and the amount of those sales which are taxable
  • Your email address
  • If you have purchased an existing business, you must also provide the previous permit information

Partners, corporate officers, limited liability company managers/members/officers, must also provide information.

Temporary Permits

If you plan to make sales for less than 90 days (e.g., Christmas tree stands or craft fairs), you may apply for a temporary seller’s permit.