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Maine Seller’s Permit, Wholesale License & Reseller License

You can find a variety of successful businesses across the state of Maine, which is well known for its bustling agricultural, electronics, textile, and commercial fishing sectors. The state also has the distinction of being the nation’s biggest producer of lowbush blueberries. Setting up a business in Maine can put you on the path to financial security if you are able to provide in-demand products and/or services. 

However, most businesses in Maine that sell products or services are required to hold a specialized type of license that is commonly known as a seller’s permit. It gives your business the right to collect sales tax on applicable transactions. Around the U.S., this permit has a number of alternate names: wholesale license, sales tax permit, sales and use tax permit, resale license, and reseller permit. In Maine, it is also sometimes known as a retailer certificate or reseller certificate. You obtain one of these by registering for a sales tax account with the state.

If this sounds confusing, there’s no need to worry. FastFilings has figured out a simple way for business owners to obtain their Maine seller’s permit. Completing our online order form takes literally just a few minutes. You’ll have your certificate in no time.

Who Needs a Seller’s Permit in Maine?

In general, if you sell tangible property or taxable services anywhere in Maine, you need to register for a sales tax account. Taxable services include renting automobiles and living quarters.

This requirement to obtain a wholesale license in Maine also applies to remote (out-of-state) sellers if either of the following conditions are true:   

  • Your remote business sells more than $100,000 per year in products or services in Maine during a calendar year.   


  • Your remote business generates at least 200 distinct transactions in Maine during a calendar year.

The retailer certificate—or Maine seller’s permit—shows the sales tax registration number of the business. It cannot be transferred to another party, and it is considered valid until it is revoked by Maine Revenue Services (MRS) or canceled by the business owner.

Reseller Permits
Seller’s Permit and Resale Certificate

Seller's Permit Vs. Resale Certificate in ME

Despite the similarity of names, a resale certificate should not be confused with a Maine seller’s permit, a retailer certificate, a wholesale license, or anything of that nature. A resale certificate in Maine allows a business to purchase goods tax-free if these items are to be resold at a later date. 

The buyer is expected to present a copy of their resale certificate to the seller at the time of the transaction. Sellers that fail to obtain a properly completed resale certificate from the buyer will be held responsible for paying the sales tax on the transaction.

Buyers who have an ongoing business relationship with a specific seller are not required to present a new resale certificate for each transaction. Only one certificate from a buyer needs to be kept on file. The seller is required to retain the copy for at least six years. 

Maine resale certificates are available only to businesses that generate at least $3,000 in sales during a calendar year. Certificates will be automatically renewed every four years so long as the business continues to reach the $3,000/year sales minimum.

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

Ordering your Maine wholesale license is easy with FastFilings. In just a few minutes, you can request a valid reseller certificate on our handy online ordering platform. Be sure to have the following data ready:

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