Requirements for Wholesalers
TTB has approved your application qualifying you as a wholesaler. You must keep all approval documents readily available for examination by TTB officials.
The following information explains the requirements you must meet to maintain your business.
Federal regulations require every wholesale liquor dealer to keep daily records of both physical receipt and disposition of distilled spirits, beer, and wine.
Daily records are to be kept at the wholesaler’s place of business for at least three years and are to show all information required by Federal regulations. You are not required to submit reports relating to such transactions unless we specifically requested that you do.
You must report to us any change in the name, address, ownership, or management of the business without delay. If you filed your original application on paper, and haven't requested that your data be migrated to our Permits Online system, you should file these amendments on the TTB forms described in the applicable regulations. If you filed your original application through Permits Online, you should also electronically file your amendments in Permits Online. For more information see the regulations at 27 CFR 1.40-44.
- Change in Location
Select this amendment if you will be moving your business operations to another location within the same state. If moving to another state you will need to file an original application.
- Change in Mailing Address
Select this amendment if there has been a change to where you will receive mail.
- Change in Premises Address – USPS
Select this amendment if your address was changed by the United States Postal Service but no physical move has taken place.
- Add/Remove Signing Authority
Select this amendment if you will be making any changes to the existing signing authority on file. You will be required to attach the appropriate documentation showing where the authorization is granted.
- Add/Remove Power of Attorney
Select this amendment if adding or removing individuals from outside your company with the power to sign and/or act on behalf of the company. When adding a Power of Attorney you are required to submit Power of Attorney form TTB F 5000.8.If your application was submitted through Permits Online, you can upload your Power of Attorney in Permits Online.
- Change in Business Name
Select this amendment if there has been a change to your legal business entity’s name. You will need to attach a copy of your amended articles showing the name change.
- Change in Operation
Change in Operations Amendments are no longer necessary. All existing wholesaler and importer permits are now inclusive of wine, beer and distilled spirits commodities and will not require an amendment to either add or remove commodity types. New permits issued in our Permits Online system will automatically reflect all three commodities.
- Change in Control
A change in actual or legal control occurs when there are changes in stock ownership, LLC membership ownership, or possibly major changes in the corporate officers or directors of a corporation. In such situations, the legal business entity which operated the business in the past continues to operate the subject business. In other words, the same legal entity remains in existence which continues to operate the business in question.
If adding a new person, an Owner Officer Information Application must be completed through Permits Online if originally approved through Permits Online.
- Change in Officer, Director, Member, or Stockholder/Interest
Select this amendment when there is a change in the officers, directors, members, and managers, as well as any stockholders/interest holders who hold 10 percent or more. This does not apply to LLCs or partnerships. An Owner Officer Information Application must be completed for each new person.
- Termination of Business
Select this amendment if you are discontinuing business.
We’ve provided easy access, for you to read the Code of Federal Regulations and public laws relating to wholesalers.
Select an item to view the relevant section of the Code of Federal Regulations.
- 27 CFR Part 1, Basic Permit Requirements under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, Non-Industrial Use of Distilled Spirits and Wine, Bulk Sales and Bottling of Distilled Spirits
- Public Law 107-188, The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002
You may have to meet additional responsibilities and requirements, including state laws.
- If you intend to sell your products in any other state (other than the state in which you are applying), you must contact each state individually because they all have different shipping laws. See our direct shipping page for more information.
- Please ensure you are in compliance with your state and local authorities before commencing operations (including building/use permits and zoning requirements). Find state contact information on our Alcohol Beverage Authorities in United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico page at TTB.gov.