How to Get a Wholesale License in California?

There are two ways to obtain a seller permit. You can either apply directly through the California Board of Equalization or you can use the expedited ordering process offered by
Apply through the state, and you’ll spend hours waiting on the phone, filling out government paperwork, and dealing with bureaucratic red tape. With, you’ll simply fill out a secure online form. We’ll do the rest.

Get Your License in Three Simple Steps

If you apply directly through the state, you will have to create an account, register, apply, and possibly spend hours speaking with a government representative. When you apply through, you can complete the process in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Information

Make sure you have all the relevant information handy. That includes your personal information (social security number, ID number, email address, personal references) and business information (all business ID numbers, bank account information, supplier information).

Step 2: Fill Out the Online Form

Fill out our secure online form. Simply provide us with the necessary information. We may contact you for more information, but we’ll fill out the official application and deal with the state.

Step 3: Wait for Your Permit

We’ll notify you when the application is complete. We will then send you the permit as soon as your application is processed.


What’s the Difference Between a Seller’s Permit and a Resale License?

A seller’s permit allows you to sell taxable items to consumers. It does not exempt you from paying sales and use tax when you buy your merchandise. A resale certificate or reseller permit, on the other hand, allows you to buy from manufacturers or allows your suppliers to buy from you, without paying sales taxes.
Although people frequently use the two terms interchangeably, they describe two separate permits. If you simply want the right to sell items in the state of California, you must secure a seller’s permit. If you also want to buy items in bulk from a manufacturer or dealer without paying taxes, then you must get a resale license, also known as a wholesale license because wholesalers use it to buy large quantities of inventory.


Is My Seller’s Permit the Same as a Business License?

No. A business license simply allows you to conduct business in the state of California. A seller’s permit allows you to sell taxable merchandise. You will need to apply for both if you’re a business that sells goods.


Do I Need a Seller’s Permit in California

If you sell taxable goods, then you need a seller’s permit. It doesn’t matter what type of seller you are—whether you’re a wholesale business or a retail business, whether you’re an individual or a corporation—you must have a permit in order to sell tangible goods.


Seller’s Permit Requirement

The state of California demands that you provide some basic information about your business if you are to obtain a seller’s permit. That includes everything from your social security number and date of birth to your bank account information and projected monthly sales. The state may also require additional details on a case by case basis.