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Does my business need a license or permit?


Most businesses do not require a federal license or permit. However, if you are engaged in one of the following activities, you should contact the responsible federal agency to determine the requirements for doing business:

  • Investment Advising
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Preparation of Meat Products
  • Broadcasting
  • Ground Transportation
  • Selling Alcohol, Tobacco, or Firearms

For more compliance information, visit www.business.gov

Federal registration of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade names, and copyrights, provide business owners with exclusive use of intellectual property in the U.S. as well as in a large number of foreign countries. See the Intellectual Property section of this site for details.