North Dakota business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in North Dakota?

One of the top oil and gas states in the U.S., North Dakota produced nearly 1,336,00 barrels of oil daily in February 2019. This was a 13.6 percent increase from the number of barrels produced in February 2018. Over 100 gas and oil permits were issued in February as well, which is a 13 percent increase over permits issued in 2019. 

With millions of people employed by oil and gas companies in ND, business owners of all types are currently enjoying an uptick in revenue they have not seen since before the 2009-2012 recession.

Prospective entrepreneurs wishing to take advantage of North Dakota's excellent economy will need to obtain a business license issued by the state, the attorney general, or another entity. Businesses needing a state license include contractors, notary publics, professional fundraisers, and charitable solicitation services. 

Establishments selling alcohol and tobacco will need to send an application for special licenses to the North Dakota's AG Department. For all other businesses not falling under these categories, owners must contact the AG for information about specialty licenses.

State facts

  • The inventor of the camera, David Henderson, came from North Dakota. To give it a name, he shuffled the first four letters of the word “Dakota” and then added the letter “K” to make the word “Kodak”.

  • The North Dakota state government owns a flour milling facility called the North Dakota Mill and Elevator Association. It is the only state-owned milling facility in the United States. 

  • The state of North Dakota produces almost 50% of the country’s spring wheat. Wheat is produced in all 53 counties in North Dakota. It is also one of the leading producers of barley, oats, flaxseed, canola, durum wheat, lentils as well as edible beans.

State Rates

North Dakota sales tax rates updated monthly

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