Tobacco

Any person who intends to engage in the retail sales of tobacco products in the state of North Dakota, or manufacture and import tobacco products into this state, or distribute tobacco products to retailers must be licensed by the Office of Attorney General. 

New Federal T-21 Laws

The federal government recently passed new tobacco related laws ("T21"), through the Food & Drug Administration. To ensure compliance with federal requirements, please consult an attorney in private practice. The Office of Attorney General cannot provide legal advice or assistance.

Apply for a License

The same application form is used for all new and renewal tobacco license applications. A dealer or retail application must be accompanied by a fee of $15. A distributor, manufacturer or wholesaler application must be accompanied by a fee of $25 and a $1,000 surety bond (with a new application only).  Licenses expire on June 30 each year and must be renewed prior to expiration or an additional reinstatement fee will be required.

Fire Safety Standards for Cigarettes

Before a manufacturer may sell a cigarette brand in North Dakota, the brand must be certified by the State Fire Marshal in accordance with N.D.C.C. Chapter 18-13.

Review the list of certified Cigarettes by Manufacturer. 

Cigarette Making Machines

No person may maintain or operate a cigarette-making machine unless the machine has been registered with the Attorney General. Complete the registration form and affidavit and submit both documents, along with additional documents as required. 

Review the Laws

The laws relating to tobacco products are contained in N.D.C.C. Chapter 57-36