Business Licensing

Allowable Changes to Business Licenses FAQs

HB32 was signed into law on 7/31/2014, Chapter 110 SLA 14, with an effective date of 10/29/2014. For information on Chapter 110 SLA 14 including the original bill, amendments, and intent go to HB32 Bill History.

Changes to Correct an Error on a New Business License:

As a result of new business licensing law (effective 10/29/2014), there are some allowable changes, within 30 days after it has been issued, to a new business license.

1.   Did you make a small error on your business license application?

Effective 10/29/2014, IF it is within 30 days after a new business license has been issued AND the change is to correct a non-substantive error AND is not considered a substantive change AND the change being requested does not conflict with 12 AAC 12.050 THEN you may contact this office for a new business license and number. For more information regarding substantive and non-substantive changes please go see the Legislature's Letter of Intent.

  • Examples of allowable changes to correct a non-substantive error:
    • Change of address
    • Information erroneously placed in the wrong part of a license application by the applicant
    • Error in entry by applicant including spelling error, identification of trade, service, profession or activity.
  • Examples of substantive changes not allowed:
    • Change in the name of the business [per 12 AAC 12.050(a)(1)].
    • Change in the name(s) of the business owner(s) [per 12 AAC 12.050(a)(2)].

IMPORTANT potential business impact: You are strongly encouraged to research and consider any business impact prior to requesting a change. (For example: your professional license, if applicable, with this division; banking; insurance; and your business registration with other agencies such as local government, municipalities, Federal government, IRS, etc.) If you require further assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professionals (i.e. CPA).

For additional information go to Business Licensing Statutes and Regulations.

2.   How do I change a small error I made on my new business license application if it is within 30 days after the new business license was issued?

Effective 10/29/2014, the new business license owner must contact this office in writing (paper, fax, or email businesslicense@alaska.gov) to request an error correction for a non-substantive change. For more information regarding substantive and non-substantive changes please go see the Legislature's Letter of Intent. Please provide the following:

  • Business license name and number
  • The information to be changed FROM
  • The information to be changed TO
  • The name and signature of the owner requesting the change. If business license is owned by an entity then provide the name and signature of the entity’s authorized official on record with this division.

IMPORTANT - Extremely Time Sensitive: A request for an allowable change, to correct an error which is non-substantive, within the first 30 days after a new business license was issued must be received and date stamped in this office within exactly 30 calendar days after the new business license was issued for this request to be considered. Please allow 10-15 days processing time.

IMPORTANT potential business impact: You are strongly encouraged to research and consider any business impact prior to requesting a change. (For example: your professional license, if applicable, with this division; banking; insurance; and your business registration with other agencies such as local government, municipalities, Federal government, IRS, etc.) If you require further assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professionals (i.e. CPA).

For additional information go to Business Licensing Statutes and Regulations.

3.   Can I change a small error if it has been more than 30 days after the business license has been issued?

If it has been more than 30 days since the new business license was issued then the only the changes allowable are under 12 AAC 12.050, such as: the business license address; or the business license holder (owner) legal name change (i.e. marriage). Any other change will require the purchase of a new business license.

Note: if you are requesting an address change you are encouraged to also submit the appropriate notification, if applicable, to the other sections within this division (Professional Licensing Section and Corporations Section) and other agencies based on your business needs (such as: local government, municipalities, Federal government, IRS, etc.)

For additional information go to Business Licensing Statutes and Regulations.


Changes to NAICS Code(s):

As a result of new business licensing law (effective 10/29/2014) a business license may now have multiple (different) lines of business on one (1) business license, instead of one (single) line of business per business license.

1.   Can I reduce my multiple (different) business licenses down to one business license with multiple lines of business?

IF you currently have multiple business licenses which:

  • have only one line of business on each license
  • AND the same owner(s)
  • THEN, after 10/29/2014, you may choose to reduce all your multiple business license numbers down to one business license name and number.

For more information please go to Multiple Lines of Business FAQs.

IMPORTANT regarding advertising and operating: Per 12 AAC 12.020(g) in advertising and operating you must (mandatory) use the exact business name that appears on the business license. Thus, if you choose to reduce your existing multiple business licenses, with the same owner(s), down to one business license then you must advertise and operate only under the one business name you choose to maintain and keep active.

IMPORTANT regarding lines of business with professional licensure requirements: IF any business activity requires a professional license (based on the NAICS Code) then these activities must be listed as the primary and/or secondary lines of business. The current professional license number associated with each NAICS Code must be provided.

IMPORTANT regarding Tobacco Endorsements: if there are any tobacco endorsements on any of the multiple business licenses you will be reducing (ceasing to exist) then the tobacco endorsements will also cease to exist. If you need to add tobacco endorsement(s) onto the one business license, which you will be maintaining and keeping active, you must submit a new Tobacco Endorsement application (form 08-4181) and pay the appropriate fee(s). New tobacco endorsements must apply by hardcopy.

IMPORTANT potential business impact: You are strongly encouraged to research and consider any business impact before reducing all your business activities from multiple business license numbers down to one business license number. (For example: your professional license, if applicable, with this division; banking; insurance; and your business registration with other agencies such as local government, municipalities, Federal government, IRS, etc.) If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professionals (i.e. CPA).

2.   How do I change my primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) on my business license?

If you want to add/remove a NAICS code without a professional licensing requirement:

Please submit a written request (paper, fax, or email businesslicense@alaska.gov) which provides the following:

  • Business license name and number
  • Changing the primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) FROM
  • Changing the primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) TO
  • The name and signature of the owner requesting the change. If business license is owned by an entity then provide the name and signature of the entity’s authorized official on record with this division.
  • You may print a copy of your business license for free from the web after the NAICS code(s) change. If you would like the department to print and mail you a copy of your business license after the NAICS codes have been changed please submit Request for Duplicate Business License (form 08-4080) along with the $5.00 filing fee.

If you want to add a NAICS code with a professional licensing requirement: IMPORTANT: IF any business activity requires a professional license (based on the NAICS Code) then these activities must be listed as the primary and/or secondary lines of business. The current professional license number associated with each NAICS Code must be provided. Please submit a written request (paper, fax, or email businesslicense@alaska.gov) which provides the following:

  • Business license name and number
  • Changing the primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) FROM
  • Changing the primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) TO
  • Provide the current and valid professional license number associated with the new NAICS code(s) you are adding to your business license.
  • The name and signature of the owner requesting the change. If business license is owned by an entity then provide the name and signature of the entity’s authorized official on record with this division.
  • You may print a copy of your business license for free from the web after the NAICS code(s) change. If you would like the department to print and mail you a copy of your business license after the NAICS codes have been changed please submit Request for Duplicate Business License (form 08-4080) along with the $5.00 filing fee.

If you want to remove a NAICS code with a professional licensing requirement: Please submit a written request (paper, fax, or email businesslicense@alaska.gov) which provides the following:

  • Business license name and number
  • Changing the primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) FROM
  • Changing the primary and/or secondary NAICS code(s) TO
  • Provide a statement that this business license will no longer be engaged in the professional practice/activity associated with the NAICS code you are requesting to be removed from your business license. Please include the effective date that the professional practice/activity ceased.
  • The name and signature of the owner requesting the change. If business license is owned by an entity then provide the name and signature of the entity’s authorized official on record with this division.
  • You may print a copy of your business license for free from the web after the NAICS code(s) change. If you would like the department to print and mail you a copy of your business license after the NAICS codes have been changed please submit Request for Duplicate Business License (form 08-4080) along with the $5.00 filing fee.