This guide will show you how to get a sales tax permit (also called a sellers’ permit) in California quickly.

If you are getting sales tax permits in multiple states, you should take advantage of our free sales tax permit registration program. 


Where to Register: California Department of Taxation

Registration Fee: Free, but there may be a security deposit if your taxable sales are high enough.

Renewal Required?: No, California does not require you to renew your sales tax permit.

Turnaround Time: Instant for temporary sales tax permit. Up to 2 months for regular the permit.

Contact Information: If you need help registering for a sales tax permit, call the California Division of Taxation at 1-800-400-7115

Do You Need a Sales Tax Permit in California?: A business is considered to be “engaging in business in California” (and therefore owe sales tax) if they:

  • Maintain, occupy, or use any building in the state
  • Have representatives or delivery vehicles in the state
  • Have employees or contractors in the state
  • Make repairs or provide maintenance in the state
  • Have affiliates (online or in-person) selling more than $10,000 of products over the past 12 months, and more than $1,000,000 in-state sales. Learn more here.


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What’s Required to Register:

  • Personal information of owners/members
  • Business identification information (EIN, address, etc.)
  • Date of effective nexus
  • Business entity type
  • A copy of your drivers’ license
  • For Corporations: corporate name, corporate number, State and date incorporated
  • Name(s) and phone number(s) of personal references
  • Name(s) and address(es) of supplier(s)
  • Bank Information (name and address)
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code
  • Anticipated average monthly sales and the amount that is taxable
  • Home state registration number (if not located in California)
  • California Secretary of State ID (if located in California)
  • Name and account number of the merchant credit card processor
  • Name of websites your products are sold

Special Tips for California Permit Registration:  

You only need to register for a temporary sellers’ permit if your business is temporarily engaging in business in California. 

Learn more about California’s sales tax using our online guide.


Disclaimer: Our attorney wanted you to know that no financial, tax, legal advice or opinion is given through this post. All information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your specific situation and is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Information is provided “as is” and without warranty.


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