No Fee in NC to Apply for a Certificate of Registration

Commonly Called Sales and Use or Resale Tax Numbers

Date: September 27, 2012

The North Carolina Department of Revenue recently became aware of private, third-party websites that claim to offer services—for a fee—that allow taxpayers to obtain a certificate of registration, often called a sales and use or resale tax number, throughout the country. The advertised fee is $125.00.

Business owners and taxpayers are advised these types of websites are often inaccurate, deceptive, or misleading and should not be used. There is NO fee to apply for a certificate of registration in North Carolina. The department does not contract this service out to third parties.

For accurate and reliable information about obtaining a North Carolina sales and use tax number, visit the Revenue Department's Sales and Use Tax webpage.

Business owners should thoroughly research the requirements for registering in any state where they do business before completing any forms or providing credit card information to a third party vendor. Also check a vendor's standing with the Better Business Bureau before purchasing any service.

Taxpayers who come across companies providing such services in NC should contact the Department of Revenue at 1-877-252-3052.

In the past two years, the Department of Revenue has been committed to increasing the success of small businesses in North Carolina by providing accurate information, dozens of educational seminars throughout the state and offering financial relief to more than 2,700 businesses through the Small Business Taxpayer Recovery Program. For more information about the NC Department of Revenue, please visit


Public Affairs Office
P.O. Box 25000, Raleigh, NC 27640-0001
An Equal Opportunity Employer