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Part One - What You Need To Know Before You Apply (Importer of Tobacco Products and/or Processed Tobacco)

Before starting your tobacco application, you should gather the documentation that TTB will require you to upload with your application package.

Importer of Tobacco Products and/or Processed Tobacco

Documentation to Gather Before You Apply

For a Corporation  - A copy of your Articles of Incorporation and/or Certificate of Incorporation

Documents filed with the state that legally records the creation of a corporation.

For a Limited Liability Company - A copy of your Articles of Organization and/or Certificate of Organization

Documents filed with the state outlining the formation of a limited liability company.  

For a Partnership – A copy of your partnership agreement

A contract between partners that sets out the terms and conditions of the partnership. 

Lease Agreement or Proof of Property Ownership

If you are leasing the property/premises where you will be conducting your operations, you must submit a copy of your signed and dated lease agreement. 

This agreement must show that the property owner knows how you intend to use the property and gives consent for you to use the building/land for this purpose. 

We need this information even if the owners or officers of the company own the property and are leasing to the company. 

If you own the property/premises then you must provide proof of ownership, such as a deed.

Signing Authority Authorization

You must supply proof that any person who will sign documents, forms, reports, etc., or who will correspond with TTB about this business, has legal authority to do so.  Proof of signing authority includes such things as:

Letter of Intent


A contract or a Letter of Intent from a foreign supplier indicating that they intend to supply you with products when you receive your permit.

Source of Funds Documentation

Each owner of the business (whether an individual, company, or trust) must supply documentation to show the source of the funds the owner is investing in the business.  Examples of different sources of funds, and acceptable documentation, include:

  • Financial Gifts – You must include on your application the name of any individual making a gift along with the amount of the gift.  You must submit a statement from that individual where the individual declares that he or she has no control or ownership in the business.  You also must submit a financial record or bank statement showing your receipt of the gift.
  • Loans – You must provide a copy of a promissory note or a statement from any entity providing a loan.  You must also submit a financial record or bank statement showing your receipt of the loan.
  • Bank Account Records – If the source of funds is a savings account, checking account, or other type of financial account, you must submit a current statement showing a balance that includes the amount you’re investing, and statements for each of the three prior months.
    • If you’ve already invested the funds, you must submit a bank statement from the month that the funds were removed for business purposes and the bank statements for each of the three months prior to that month.
    • If the funds are coming from a jointly owned account, such as with a spouse, submit a signed letter from the other party stating that the party has no control or ownership in the proposed business (if applicable).
    • If a company has a current, official, detailed financial statement covering the proposed operations, you may submit it in lieu of the bank account records.

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