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Kentucky Seller’s Permit, Wholesale License & Reseller License

Kentucky has always been known for its farming industry, but there’s a lot more than that going on in the Bluegrass State. It’s also a national leader in the automotive, wine production, and electricity sectors, as well as the home of several world-famous attractions, like Fort Knox and Churchill Downs. 

A number of entrepreneurs have done quite well for themselves in the state of Kentucky. If you’re planning on opening a retail store here, you’ve put yourself on a path that could lead to financial prosperity for you. But there are a few things you must know before you set out your Grand Opening sign. You will need to obtain several business licenses and ensure that these remain valid for the lifespan of your company. Among the licenses most businesses are required to have is a seller’s permit.

What is a seller’s permit? It’s just a state-level license that authorizes you to charge sales tax on retail transactions, and then relay this money to the government. In general, having one of these licenses is required to remain a legally compliant business. Kentucky calls it a sales and use tax permit (or account), but it has different names in other states: wholesale license, sales tax permit, resale license, or reseller permit

Setting up your sales and use tax account is easy—when you use FastFilings. In just a few minutes, you can place an order for a Kentucky wholesale license. The relevant documents will be sent directly to your address shortly. 

Who Needs a Wholesale License in Kentucky?

If you have a retail business in Kentucky, you probably need one of these seller’s permits. Any business that sells, rents, or leases tangible or digital property in the state falls under this requirement. 

Tangible property – This means practically anything you can see, feel, or measure. Includes gas, water, steam, electricity, and computer software.  

Digital property – Basically most kinds of electronically transmitted products, including digital newspapers, digital photos, and video games. (Satellite radio programming is exempt.)

In addition, remote sellers are required to obtain a seller’s permit in Kentucky if either of the following conditions apply:  

  • They have 200 or more sales to Kentucky customers.


  • They generate $100,000 or more in gross sales to Kentucky customers.

Businesses that operate at antique shows and flea markets, or sell admissions to events, are also required to have a reseller permit in Kentucky.

Reseller Permits
Seller’s Permit and Resale Certificate

Seller's Permit vs. Resale Certificate in KY

People often assume that a Kentucky resale certificate (Form 51A105) is the same thing as a seller’s permit—but this is a misconception. They’re actually two distinct types of permits. The purpose of a resale certificate in Kentucky is to grant a business the right to purchase goods tax-free if these items are to be resold at a later time. At the time of the initial sale, the buyer fills out the form and gives it to the seller. The seller should retain these records for at least four years.

How to Get a Kentucky Seller's Permit for Your Business

Requesting your Kentucky sales and use tax account/permit is a simple matter when you go through FastFilings. Our ordering form can be completed in only a few minutes. To begin, make sure you have the following data ready:

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