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Business Licensing FAQs

1.   When do I need an Alaska Business License? 2.   What else might I need to obtain an Alaska Business License? 3.   I need help getting started, where else can I go for help? 4.   What is a DBA, AKA or trade business license name? 5.   What is an NAICS code and how do I determine mine? 6.   What is a Sole Proprietor? 7.   How much is the fee for an Alaska Business License? 8.   How long does it take to get an Alaska Business License? 9.   What if my business license has expired? 10.   Are there exemptions from the requirement to have a business license? 11.   How can I protect my business name? 12.   Is my business license record public information? 13.   How do I get a copy of my business license? 14.   I have a complaint. How do I know if my complaint is within the jurisdiction of this Division? 15.   What if my complaint is not within the jurisdiction of this Division, where else can I go with my complaint for help?
Investigations Unit.

In addition and/or for complaints that do not fall within the jurisdiction of this Division, you may want to file a complaint with another relevant agency. Below is a partial list of relevant agencies and other complaint resources.

  1. Contact relevant agencies
    To find more agencies go to State of Alaska

    1. Air Quality: the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    2. Alcohol: the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development: Alcohol Beverage Control Board

    3. ANCSA: the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Division of Banking and Securities

    4. Banks and Financial Institutions: Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Division of Banking and Securities

    5. Boards and Commissions: The Office of the Governor, Boards & Commissions

    6. Disability-based Discrimination: Disability Law Center of Alaska

    7. Discrimination: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights

    8. Fisheries: the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game and the Alaska Dept. of Revenue

    9. Food Safety: the Alaska Dept. of Environmental ConservationDivision of Environmental Health

    10. Gaming (bingo, raffles, pull-tabs, sweepstakes, etc.): Alaska Dept. of Revenue

    11. HIPPA violations: HIPAA is a federal law and the Seattle Office of Civil Rights takes complaints (online) regarding potential HIPAA violations at: www.hhs.gov/ocr/office

    12. Insurance: the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Division of Insurance

    13. Labor: Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

    14. Landlord/Tenant:   The Alaska Landlord & Tenant Act: what it means to you

    15. Marijuana: Marijuana Control Board

    16. Mining License: the Alaska Dept. of Revenue

    17. Motor vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer dealers: the Alaska Dept. of Administration Division of Motor Vehicles

    18. Oil and Gas: the Alaska Dept. of Administration

    19. Placer Mining: the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources

    20. Sand/Gravel Mining License: the Alaska Dept. of Revenue

    21. Securities: Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development/ Division of Banking and Securities

    22. Taxes (such as alcohol, commercial passenger vessel, corporate income, electric cooperative, fisheries related taxes, gaming permits, large passenger vessel gambling tax, mining, motor fuel, oil and gas production, oil and gas property, partnerships, telephone cooperative, tire fee, tobacco, and vehicle rental): the Alaska Dept. of Revenue

    23. Water: the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    In addition, you may wish to contact any other relevant federal agencies, local government agencies (i.e. borough, city, municipal, or village), consumer resources and/or seek professional or legal counsel.

  2. Consumer Protection
    The Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's Office investigates unfair or deceptive business practices and files legal actions on behalf of the State of Alaska to stop such practices. For more information including how to file a complaint go to Consumer Protection.

  3. Better Business Bureau
    BBB is a neutral not-for-profit organization that provides ethical business and advertising standards, BBB Business Reviews, Charity Review, complaint handling, and information on marketplace events and tips. For more information on the Alaska, Oregon, and Western Washington branch go to Better Business Bureau.

  4. National Consumer Law Center
    NCLC has developed a number of guides, brochures, and fact sheets to help consumers understand their rights and make the best choices possible despite difficult financial circumstances.

  5. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
    The FTC works to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. The FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection’s website has useful information and publications covering all areas of consumer protection and consumer fraud.

  6. National Fraud Information Center
    The National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) was created by the National Consumers League, the oldest private, non-profit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. The NFIC's purpose is to fight telemarketing fraud by improving prevention and enforcement. The NFIC accepts online complaints about telephone or internet fraud.

  7. Call for Action
    Call for Action (CFA) is an international, nonprofit network of consumer hotlines. When a consumer contacts CFA, a CFA volunteer will contact the company or agency directly to promote dispute resolution. CFA assists the general public and small businesses victimized by fraud and addresses other consumer issues such as: debit cards/electronic banking, telephone fraud, advance-fee loans, investment fraud and basic credit.

  8. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    For more information regarding the Internal Revenue Service, go to: www.irs.gov

  9. Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
    The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The IC3 takes complaints from consumers regarding internet crime and refers complaints to law enforcement agencies. The IC3 issues internet scam alerts and provides tips for avoiding internet fraud.

  10. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

  11. Local government (i.e. borough, city, municipality, village)
    Check with your local government and chamber of commerce to see if you may file a complaint with them.

  12. Seek Legal Counsel
  13. Alaska Legal Services Corporation
    Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is a private, nonprofit law firm established in 1967, that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Alaskans to: help resolve serious legal problems of low-income Alaskans; promote family, social and economic stability by upholding the rule of law; reduce the legal consequences of poverty; and improve the quality of life for our children, our families, the elderly and disadvantaged, and our community.

  14. Represent Yourself
  15. Alaska Court System
    For more information about filing with the Alaska Court System, including forms, go to Alaska Court System.

Contact Us

If you have any questions you can contact us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at businesslicense@alaska.gov.