Convenience Store

Required State License(s):

Food establishment license is required with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development for any prepackaged food items sold. Contact Food and Dairy Division; 1-800-292-3939.

When a tangible product is sold to the public a sales tax license is required. You may call the Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4660 and request a 518 form.

Personalized sales tax returns and a payment schedule will be mailed within four to six weeks after the registration has been processed. If you have questions about this process, please call the Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4730.

Possible license(s):

When selling gasoline, a Retail Gas Outlet license is required with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Laboratory Division, 1-800-292-3939.

If beer, wine, and/or liquor are sold, a license should be obtained from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Please visit the MLCC webpage or contact the MLCC, toll-free, at 866-813-0011 for information on the appropriate liquor licenses for your business.

When cigarettes are sold (including vending machines) which have been purchased directly from a manufacturer, a license is required with the Department of Treasury, Motor Fuel, Cigarette, and Miscellaneous Taxes Division; 517-636-4630.

Selling live bait (minnows) contact the Department of Natural Resources, Administrative Services Division; 517-373-1204 for a "wholesale and retail license."

When selling "hunting and fishing" licenses contact the Department of Natural Resources, License Control Section at 517-373-1204 for licensing information.

To obtain authorization to accept food stamps, contact the USDA Food & Nutrition at 313-226-4930 [Detroit] or 616-954-0319 [Grand Rapids].

Further Information:

Professional Association: Michigan Grocers Association, 517-372-6800.

Revised: 5/2017