How to Get a Business License in Kansas

Wondering how to get a business license in Kansas? Check out this blog post for everything you need to know about getting your business licensed in the state of Kansas.

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To start a business in Kansas, you must complete several steps and make sure you have the proper licenses and permits. The following is a brief outline of what you need to do to get your business up and running in the state of Kansas.

1. Choose a business structure.
2. Get a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN).
3. Register your business with the Kansas Secretary of State.
4. Obtain any necessary local business licenses and permits.

Step One: Determine the Type of Business License You Need

There are five main categories of business licenses in Kansas: general, professional, occupational, retail/wholesale and home-based businesses. The first step in getting a business license is to determine which category your business falls into.

1. General businesses are those that provide a service, such as car repair or accounting.
2. Professional businesses are those that require a professional license, such as doctors or lawyers.
3. Occupational businesses are those that require special training, such as cosmetologists or real estate agents.
4. Retail/wholesale businesses are those that sell goods, such as a grocery store or clothing store.
5. Home-based businesses are those that operate out of a home, such as a daycare or an in-home bakery.

Step Two: Register Your Business Name

If you plan to operate your business under a name other than your own legal name, you will need to register that name with the Kansas Secretary of State. This is commonly referred to as forming a “fictitious” or “assumed” business name. You can register online or by mail. The filing fee is $25.

Step Three: Get a Kansas Employer Identification Number (EIN)

If you will have employees working for your business in Kansas, you will need to get a Kansas Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can apply for an EIN online through the IRS website. You will need to have your business name, business address, and the name and Social Security number of a principal owner of the business.

Step Four: Obtain the Required Business Licenses and Permits

Depending on your business, you may need to obtain one or more business licenses and/or permits before you can begin operating. The best way to find out which licenses and/or permits apply to your business is to contact the Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles at 785-296-3621 or the county clerk in the county where your business will be located.

Step Five: Register Your Business with the Kansas Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue is responsible for ensuring that businesses operating in Kansas are properly licensed and paying their taxes. You can register your business online, by mail, or in person at one of their offices.

To register online, you will need to create an account with the Department of Revenue’s website. Once you have created an account, you will be able to login and begin the registration process. The online registration process will require you to provide information about your business, such as your business name, address, and the type of business you will be operating. You will also be asked to provide information about the owners of the business, such as their names and addresses.

If you choose to register by mail, you will need to complete the Business Tax Registration Application and submit it to the Department of Revenue. The application can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website.

If you prefer to register in person, you can do so at one of the Department of Revenue’s offices. You will need to complete the Business Tax Registration Application and submit it to the office staff. The office locations and hours can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website.

Step Six: Open a Business Bank Account

Opening a business bank account is an important step in organizing your business finances and will make doing your taxes much easier come tax season. When you open a business bank account, be sure to bring:
-Your business license
-A government issued ID
-Articles of Incorporation (if you are a corporation) or Articles of Organization (if you are an LLC)

You will likely need to deposit a minimum amount of money into the account to get it started, so be prepared with some initial capital. Once you have opened your account, you can begin using it to pay for business expenses like inventory, office supplies, and advertising.


There are many factors to consider when starting a business, including whether or not you need a business license. In Kansas, most businesses will need to obtain a license from the state in order to operate legally. The process for getting a business license in Kansas is relatively simple, and as long as you have all the required paperwork in order, it should only take a few days to complete. Once you have your business license, you’ll be able to start operating your business within the state of Kansas.

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