How to Get a Sales Tax Permit in California Quickly

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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.

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.

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