Business Licensing

Purchase a NEW Business License Online

Online filing is available for new Business Licenses and for printing immediately upon confirmation. Read the information below before proceeding. If you are attempting to RENEW an existing business license please go to RENEW a Business License Online. Once a business license or tobacco endorsement is issued the fees are non-refundable.

Before you begin to purchase a NEW business license:

What is the name of your business?

  • Research and select your business name carefully. You must only operate and advertise in the exact business name on your business license. Business license fees are non-refundable once the business license has been issued. For more information please go to Selecting a Name for Your Business.
  • NOTE: A business license does not give you exclusive rights to your business name. For more information about exclusive rights please go to Reserve or Register a Business Name.
  • NOTE: Some special characters or symbols may not be accepted.

What type of organization will your business be?

  • For more information about the different types of organization please go to: Business Structure FAQs
  • What are your primary and secondary NAICS code?

    • NAICS codes are North American Industry Classification System used to identify business activities. You will be asked to provide the Primary and Secondary NAICS code which best describes your business activities. If any of your business activities requires a professional license then you must list those activities as your Primary and/or Secondary NAICS code. For more information regarding NAICS codes please go to the Line of Business/Alaska NAICS Code.

    Are you engaged in a business activity which requires a Professional License?

    • New business licenses with a Professional License must file by hardcopy; initial online filing is not available at this time. For more information about professional licenses please go to Professional Licensing Section.

    Are you an entity, such as corporation, LLC, non-profit, LP, LLP, etc?

    • If you are an entity you must register your entity with the Corporations Section to obtain your Alaska Entity Number. You will be asked to provide a current and valid Alaska Entity Number on your initial business license application. For more information please go to How to Get Started.

    Do you want a one year or two year business license?

    • Business license fees are non-refundable once the business license has been issued. All business licenses expire on December 31st regardless of the date of purchase. The expiring year depends on your choice of an annual (1 year) or biennial (2 year) license. Online filing payment may be made by MasterCard or Visa. If you need to pay by check or money order please file by hardcopy.
      • Regular Business License Fee: $50 per year and may be purchased for 1 or 2 years.
      • Senior Discount Fee: To qualify for this discounted business license fee of $25.00 per year you must be applying for a Sole Proprietor only and you are 65 years or older or will turn 65 during the licensing period to which you are applying and you are willing to provide your date of birth.
      • NEW – effective 10/29/2014 - Disabled Veteran Discount: To qualify for this discounted business license fee of $25.00 per year you must be applying for a Sole Proprietor and you must provide a copy of your service connected disability determination letter from Veteran Affairs. To initially receive this discount you must apply by hardcopy, do not apply online.

    • Note: per AS 43.70.030(a) only one qualified discount fee (senior -OR- disabled veteran discount) may be applied to a business license fee.

    If you will be selling tobacco products then you will need a Tobacco Endorsement for each location.

    • If you sell tobacco products you must have a tobacco endorsement. A tobacco endorsement cannot stand on its own: it must be attached to a business license.
    • If you are applying for a new tobacco endorsement you must apply by hardcopy application. Online filing is not available at this time for new tobacco endorsement applications.
    • A tobacco endorsement is required for each location or outlet where tobacco products are sold.
    • For more information please go to Tobacco Endorsement FAQs.

    For additional business licensing information and resources please go to Business Licensing.

    You may not use the online business licensing services if:

    • New business licenses with a Professional License must file by hardcopy; initial online filing is not available at this time.
    • New business licenses with the disabled veteran discount must file by hardcopy; initial online filing is not available at this time.
    • If you are a foreign (non-Alaskan) entity which may be exempt from filing with the Corporations Section then you must file by hardcopy and provide a letter requesting exemption. For more information please go to the Corporations Section webpage Out of State Company Exemptions.
    • You do not have a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.
    • Have you already submitted a hardcopy business license application and payment for the same business? Please do not duplicate the application process and payment by filing online.

    If any of the above conditions apply, please print the New Alaska Business License Application and mail it to the division at the address on the application. Hardcopy applications are processed in date order received by the Business License Section and have 10-15 business days processing time.

    IMPORTANT! Before you purchase a NEW business license online:

    • Check and re-check your spelling before proceeding to payment.
      NOTE: Some special characters or symbols may not be accepted.
    • Once a business license or tobacco endorsement is issued the fees are non-refundable.

    General online filing information:

    • Be prepared with all the necessary information before you begin online filing so you may move through in a smooth and timely manner.
    • You will be able to print your Business License certificate immediately after filing. Alternatively, you may choose to receive your certificate by mail (mailed within 2 - 3 business days).
    • Please print the confirmation page at the end of the process for your records; it contains important information regarding your Business License purchase.
    • For this program to work properly your computer must have JavaScript and Cookies enabled in your browser.
    • Using the BACK or FORWARD buttons will cause you to lose your information and you will need to start at the beginning of the program.


    Click Here to Purchase a NEW Alaska Business License

    If you want to renew an existing business license please go to RENEW a Business License Online.
    Once a business license or tobacco endorsement is issued the fees are non-refundable.

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