How to obtain a business license in Mississippi

Updated on December 21, 2023


Securing the correct business license is crucial for operating legally in Mississippi. This guide offers comprehensive information on licensing requirements, types of licenses, application processes, costs, necessary documents, compliance, and special industry considerations in Mississippi.

Who Needs a Business License in Mississippi

Nearly all commercial business entities require licensing in MT, including retailers, restaurants, service providers, rental property owners, contractors, skilled tradespeople, and independent professionals.

Penalties for non-compliance include potential fines, civil actions, charges for operating without a license, or closure after multiple violations.

Understanding Mississippi Business Licenses

Common Montana licenses needed:

  • State business licenses – Depending on trade activities and locations
  • Local city/county licenses – Check municipal licensing bylaws
  • Sales & use tax licenses – To charge and collect sales taxes
  • Professional licenses – For occupations like nursing, accounting, food services etc.

Preparing to Apply for a License

Use Mississippi’s Commercial Business Licensing Guide to determine specific permits and registrations for your business. Prepare essential documents like business formation paperwork and lease agreements. Fees vary based on the license type.

Step-By-Step Guide to Apply

To apply for licenses in Mississippi, create an account on the One Stop Portal, use the Business Wizard, select required licenses, provide business details, upload necessary documents, pay fees, and await approval.

To apply online:

  1. Access the Montana One Stop Portal
  2. Run the Licenses & Permits Wizard
  3. Select your required license types
  4. Provide requested business and owner details
  5. Upload supporting documents
  6. Pay fees
  7. Obtain approvals

After Submitting an Application

Online applications typically finalize within 15 days. Check your status via the Business Navigator dashboard.

If issues arise, administrators will contact you to provide clarification or further documents as needed.

Maintaining Compliance

To remain compliant in MT once licensed:

  • Display license certificates prominently on-premise
  • Complete renewal applications before expiration dates
  • File timely tax and fee payments
  • Maintain legally required insurance coverage
  • Report changes to ownership, activities, locations

Obtaining Federal Registrations

Typical federal registrations are also needed:

  • Employer ID Number (EIN)
  • Trademarks and copyright protections

Special Considerations

With Mississippi regulatory agencies, verify specific licensing requirements for businesses such as liquor stores, casinos, hotels, and healthcare providers.

Registering Your Business Name

File “Doing Business As” name certificates via your local County Recorder’s/Auditor’s office in Mississippi.

Mississippi Tax Permits

Common tax permits include Sales Tax Permits, Use Tax Permits, Beer Permits, Wine Permits, and Tobacco Permits.


Who Needs a Mississippi Business License?

Nearly all commercial businesses in Mississippi require licensing, including retailers, restaurants, and tourism operators.

What Do Licenses Cost in Mississippi?

License fees in Mississippi range from $10 to over $1,000 annually, varying based on the license type. Renewal fees are also applicable.

How Long Does Approval Take?

Online applications are typically processed within 15 business days after submitting all required documentation.

Additional Resources

Explore further information and resources on Mississippi’s official state websites for businesses.

Final Thoughts

Properly licensing your business in Mississippi is key for legal compliance and avoiding penalties. Take advantage of online application options for a more streamlined process.

Priyank Singh

Priyank Singh, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Stilt, specializes in technology-driven financial solutions. He is having experience of starting FinTech Company, understanding regulations and coming up with creative solutions to solve difficult problems.