Apply Now for Your California Seller’s Permit / Resale Certificate

The state of California requires most businesses to obtain a California Seller’s Permit, also referred to as; California Resale Certificate, California Seller’s Permit Number, California Resale License, California Sales and Use Tax, etc.

If you do business in California or intend to sell/lease tangible personal property subject to sales tax, it is required to have a seller’s permit and prominently display it at your place of business.



California Seller’s Permit / California Resale Certificate: When you buy an item that you plan to resell, you can purchase it without paying certain California sales tax! Items must be for resale or qualified business use.

California Seller’s Permit Example: If you go to a supplier/wholesaler and buy a television you plan to sell, you may purchase the item(s) without paying state sales tax with a Seller’s Permit.

California Resale Certificate for Wholesale: Wholesale companies in California require a Seller’s Permit number or a Resale Certificate and will ask for a copy before they will sell to you at wholesale prices or allow you to open a commercial account.

A few more examples needing a California Seller’s Permit / Resale Certificate below:

  • Have an office, sales room, warehouse, or other place of business in California (even if the location is only temporary).
  • Have a sales representative, agent, or canvasser operating in this state.
  • Receive rental payments from the lease of tangible personal property 

Both wholesalers and retailers must apply for a permit.

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