How to Get a Business License in Idaho

Starting a Business in Idaho? Here’s Everything You Need When Obtaining a Business License in the Gem State. 

Idaho, the state known for its ski slopes and precious stones, is an ideal place to get your business license. Whether you are located in Boise or Twin Falls, Idaho has plenty of places for you to start your business. So if you’re interested, read on for our clear and simple guide for getting your Idaho business license. 

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Before We Begin…There Are Three Primary Business Licensing Jurisdictions in Idaho:

  • State 
  • Local 
  • Federal 

State Business Licensing in Idaho: 

The primary permit is called the sales tax permit, which is also commonly known as a seller’s permit. 

This permit must be obtained if you are:

  • Engaged in business in the state 
  • Are created for the purpose of selling or leasing tangible property or services ordinarily subject to taxes 

To obtain a seller’s permit, you can apply online or through the mail for no fee. Once this permit is obtained, it does not need to be renewed. For more information, Idaho’s State and Federal Resources website and the Idaho Business Wizard website walks readers through information about specific permits your business may need. 

Local Business Licensing in Idaho:  

Additional licensing may be required from your local government, in addition to the state. This requirement varies by location. 

In order to see if your business requires local permits, you can research your city and county  government regulations.  

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Federal Business Licensing in Idaho:

Federal level licensing requirements vary based on business’ purpose and zoning location. Any activity which is regulated by the federal government requires appropriate licensing.

The federally-regulated business activities include: 


Alcoholic beverages


Firearms, ammunition, and explosives

Fish and wildlife

Commercial fisheries

Maritime transportation

Mining and drilling

Nuclear energy

Radio and television broadcasting

Transportation and logistics

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Frequently Asked Questions About Obtaining an Idaho Business License:

Do I need a national business license in Idaho?

You do not need a national business license unless you are selling products or services in a federally regulated field as listed above. 

How much does a business license cost in Idaho?

There is no fee associated with obtaining a business license in Idaho. 

When do I need to renew my business license in Idaho?

For Idaho’s sellers permit, you do not need to renew it once it is obtained. Other levels of licenses are subject to their respective regulations.