How to Obtain a Small Business License

Certain licenses are required to operate most small businesses. Which license(s) your small business will need varies depending on the type of business you own and the state you live in. Common licenses include state business licenses, product licenses, and trade licenses.

Obtaining a License for Your Small Business

Find out which license(s) are necessary to run your business. Contact your city or county clerk for information on which license(s) you need and how to obtain them.

Fill out the required paperwork.

File the forms with the proper municipal authorities.


Keep a copy of the license(s) for your records.

Display license(s) according to regulations.


  • Remember to renew the license(s) as necessary before they expire.