To obtain a vendor's license, determine which government agency issues licenses in your state and go to its website, states the Houston Chronicle. In most states, the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation issues licenses, though in some instances the county or city where the business is located issues the license, such as New York City. Search the state website for the vendor's application or for an appropriate link by typing "vendor's license" in the search box.
Complete the vendor's license application and submit online or in person at the state agency that issues licenses, and pay the necessary license fee, explains the Houston Chronicle. Paying online requires electronic payment by debit or credit card, but if paying in person or by mail, the agency may accept checks. Some states require additional licenses to sell items.
Certain types of businesses, such as those involved in commercial fishing, aviation, or the selling of alcohol and firearms, requires a federal license or permit for operation, notes the U.S. Small Business Administration. For example, businesses that manufacture, import or sell alcoholic beverages must register for a federal permit with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which is part of the U.S. Treasury, and obtain a permit or license from the local Alcohol Beverage Control Board.