You must have an Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer license to sell electronic cigarettes directly to consumers.
An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a battery-operated device that delivers vapor for inhaling by heating a liquid, gel, herb, or other substance, regardless of whether it contains nicotine. Any component part, such as a cartridge or refill, is considered to be an electronic cigarette.
If you plan to own a electronic cigarette shop, you will also need to register with the Health Department. To learn more, go to the Tobacco or Electronic Cigarette Shop Registration page.
The fee for the full two-year license term is $200.
The license expires on November 30 of odd-numbered years.
Electronic Cigarette Sales Laws
For information and literature about the laws that apply to the sale of electronic cigarettes, go to the Tobacco Laws page.
You will have to complete an application and bring it to the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center or the NYC Small Business Support Center.
- DCA Licensing Center
New York, NY 10004
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
- NYC Small Business Support Center
90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The centers are closed on major holidays. If you need to take an exam, you should arrive before 3 PM.