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Why use LegalZoom to find and manage business licenses?

With such complex licensing requirements to research, it can be hard to know where to start. Get specialized help so you can be confident you'll find the licenses, permits, and registrations you need to operate legally.

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Know you have what you need for your business. We’ll identify the federal, state, and local licenses and permits that your business legally requires and deliver a personalized report.

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Details about each license, permit, and registration, and its importance to your business
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How to get your business licenses & permits in 3 easy steps
Knowing which permits, licenses, and registrations you need—and applying for them correctly—is key to running your business legally.

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Answer a few simple questions about your business and where it operates so your report is personalized and as accurate as possible.

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You’ll get a personalized report with helpful details about each of the licenses, permits, and registrations you may need.

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What is a business license?
Nearly every business requires at least one license to operate.

For example, if you want to operate your business from home, you may need a home occupation permit. A restaurant might need a health department permit in addition to an alcohol and food service license—and may even want a music license to host shows. If you open a shop, you may need a seller's permit and a sales tax license.

Licenses and permits protect your business from penalties and risk of closure, as well as help customers feel reassured it's safe to do business with you.

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Why get help with your business licenses?

Focus on what matters
Concentrate on running and growing your business instead of researching complex licensing requirements—let our license specialists handle that.

Avoid fines

Not having the right licenses and permits in place can result in penalties and fines, costing your business money and risking potential closure.

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Feel confident and secure knowing that your business is operating legally with the licenses, permits, and registrations for your specific needs.

What is a federal business license?

You need to register for a federal license if a federal agency requires one for your specific business activity.

For example, federal agencies issue industry-specific licenses to companies in certain sectors, like alcohol manufacturers and commercial fishing firms.

What is a state business license?

You may need to apply for a state business license if your state is responsible for regulating any of your business activities.

This varies between different industries and sectors, but state requirements can generally include seller’s permits and liquor licenses. You may be subject to certain environmental regulations that require you to submit a business license application.

What is a local business license?

You may need to apply for a local business license if some or all of your business activities are regulated at city, county, and local government levels.


Local authority rules vary, but business activities that are regulated at the local level typically can include zoning permits, building permits, fire alarms, and sales tax permits.

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How do I get a business license?
After you determine which licenses, permits, and registrations are required for your business, you'll need to apply on the authority's website. You may also need to provide business documents like your tax ID, financial information, business insurance details, and more.

With our service, you get a personalized report of which licenses, permits, and registrations your business needs. You'll also get direct access to the relevant applications and helpful instructions to help you save time and money.

How long does it take to get a business license?
The amount of time it takes to get a license can vary, depending on whether it is a local, state or federal license and also on what industry the license is for.

To help speed up the process, you can get a customized report on which licenses you may need. This can help you save time researching complex licensing requirements and get straight to applying.

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