Per AS 43.70.020(a) a business license is required for the privilege of engaging in a business in the State of Alaska.
Per AS 43.70.110(1) “Business” means a for-profit or non-profit entity engaging or offering to engage in a trade, a service, a profession, or an activity with the goal of receiving a financial benefit in exchange for the provision of services, or goods, or other property.
Per 12 AAC 12.020(a) a separate business license is required for each line of business. The line of business is determined by the first two digits of the business’s NAICS code.
Per AS 43.70.105 there are few exemptions to having a business license. An exemption may exist under business licensing statutes but may not exist under other program or agency statutes. Procurement statutory requirements, professional licensing requirements, and other program requirements supersede the business licensing exemption statutes.
For more information, go to Business Licensing Statutes and Regulations.
Generally, this Division requires the following to conduct business in the State of Alaska:
A. Professional License:
If you intend to engage in a practice that is regulated by Alaska Statute Title 8 (AS 08) you must obtain a professional license issued by the State of Alaska.
In addition, each professional license has title-protected language which, if used in a business name or as part of a personal title, or as an indication that a person is a professionally licensed or qualified, requires a professional license issued by the State of Alaska.
If you are required to have a professional license this number must be provided on your business license application.
NOTE: The expiration date and status of your professional license may directly affect your business license. We encourage you to keep your professional license current and valid with the Professional Licensing Section.
For additional professional licensing information, including a list of occupations or activities that require a professional license, applications, forms and fees go to Professional Licensing.
B. Corporations Section:
If your business is a sole proprietor (one individual not a married couple) or partnership then you do not need to register with the Corporations Section.
If your organization is a business corporation, professional corporation, non-profit corporation, limited liability company (LLC), limited partnership (LP), limited liability partnership (LLP), cooperative, or a religious corporation then you may need to register your entity with the Corporations Section to obtain an Alaska Entity Number. An exemption to file may exist under corporation statutes but may not exist under professional licensing statutes, procurement statutes, or other program statutes. Procurement requirements, professional licensing requirements, and other program requirements supersede corporation exemptions.
If you are an entity you must provide your Alaska Entity Number on your business license application.
NOTE: The status of your entity may directly affect your business license. We encourage you to keep your entity in Good Standing with the Corporations Section
For additional corporation information, including exemptions, forms and fees go to Corporations Section.
C. Other license and permits: issued by the federal government, State of Alaska, or local municipality may be needed.
Check with the appropriate government agencies regarding additional licensing requirements.
For additional information go to Establishing a Business in Alaska.
Wherever your business is located within the state, you will have to be aware of the federal, state, and local government laws and regulations that may impact your business.
The following links will guide you to helpful business resources:
DBA means Doing Business As, AKA means Also Known As.
Essentially, the Business License is the DBA of an Entity (Corporation, LLC, LLP, LP or PC).
For business licensing purposes an entity may DBA as itself:
Or an entity may DBA under another business name without the entity indicator (Inc, LLC, LLP, LP or PC):
An entity cannot DBA another entity:
If an entity indicator is used in the title of a business name then the business name must match the exact name of the business license owner as the entity appears on record with the Corporation Section.
Entity ownership (who owns the entity) is reflected on the corporation record, not on the business license record (who owns the business license).
A separate business license is required for each name a business is doing business as AND for each line of business.
Can you use DBA or AKA in the title of your business license?
12 AAC 12.020(g) states in advertising and operating, a business license holder must use the business name that appears on the business license.
NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System developed as the standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for statistical data describing the US economy. NAICS Codes group business establishments into industries according to similarity in the processes used to produce goods or services
The State of Alaska uses the NAICS codes to determine Lines of Business and business activities.
The NAICS Code is a six digit code. The first two digits of the code determine the Line of Business. The last four digits of the code describe the business activities within the Line of Business. (Note: The Line of Business number and description will appear on your business license certificate.)
In order to receive an Alaska Business License you must choose a six digit NAICS code that best describes your Line of Business and business activities. For more information, go to Line of Business/Alaska NAICS Code.
Per 12 AAC 12.020(a) a separate business license is required for each line of business.
You may provide a secondary NAICS code on your business application; however it must fall under the same Line of Business as your primary NAICS code. (The first two digits of the NAICS codes must match.)
The Line of Business assigned to a business license cannot be changed. To change your line of business you must purchase a new business license.
The State of Alaska defines Sole Proprietor as ONE (1) individual.
This is different from the IRS, which allows a husband and wife married couples to file taxes as a Sole Proprietor.
Per AS 43.70.030 the State of Alaska offers a Senior Discount to sole proprietorships.
IF the business is owned by a sole proprietor (one individual) AND the sole proprietor is 65 years or older when the sole proprietor applies for the business license or will reach 65 years of age at any time during the year for which the license is issued THEN the business license fee is $25 per year.
To receive the Senior Discount the sole proprietor MUST provide their date of birth PRIOR to purchasing or renewing the business license.
Business license fees are non-refundable after the business license has been issued.
The fee for each business license is $50 per year (including all or a part of the initial year).
SENIOR DISCOUNT: If the business is a sole proprietorship (one individual, not a husband and wife) and the sole proprietor is 65 years or older when the sole proprietor applies for the business license or will reach 65 years of age at any time during the year for which the license is issued then the business license fee is $25 per year.
ONLINE: Purchase or renew online and print your new Alaska Business License immediately!
HARDCOPY: Normal processing time is 10-15 business days. During business license renewal (October – February) processing time may be delayed.
To renew or purchase a new business license go to Business Licensing Section.
If your business license is expired less than two years you may renew and pay for the lapsed year(s).
If your business license is expired more than two years you will need to purchase a new business license.
NOTE: A business license is considered “lapsed” when there is a gap between the expiration date of the business license and the date the business license is renewed.
Business Licensing Section.
Yes, a business license is not required for the following:
NOTE: An exemption may exist under business licensing statutes but may not exist under other program or agency statutes. Procurement statutory requirements, professional licensing requirements, and other program requirements supersede the business licensing exemption statutes.
Under Business License statutes AS 43.70 there are no restrictions on how many business licenses may have the exact same name; thus there may be multiple business licenses with the exact same name owned by the same or different people.
Under Corporation statutes AS 10.06 a business may obtain exclusive rights to a business name by filing a Business Name Reservation (120 days) or a Business Name Registration (5 years).
NOTE: Current Alaska Statutes does not restrict issuing multiple business licenses with the exact same name. The department is required to issue a business license under AS 43.70, even if exclusive rights to a name have been secured under AS 10.06. If you have exclusive rights to a business name through reservation or registration and you believe that a business license has been issued using the exact same name as the reserved or registered name, see the “What is the remedy if exclusive rights are infringed upon?” section at the link below.”
For more information on how to obtain exclusive rights to a business name go to Reserving or Registering a Business Name.
Yes, business license records are public information and available to the public. This information is available via the web. It includes such information as the owner’s name, the mailing and physical address of the business.
All business license notices (renewal notice, licenses, etc.) will be mailed to the mailing address on record.
To view your business license information that is available to the public:
Free and immediate via the web:
Current business licenses are available to print immediately from our website at no charge. On the far left of this webpage, under Quick Links select License Search, under License Data select Business Licenses, search by business license name or number, click on the desired business license number to open the License Detail page, and select Print Business License.
You may request a duplicate business license by submitted the Request for Duplicate Business License (form 08-4080) and submitting it along with the $5 fee. Processing time for requests submitted hardcopy is normally 10-15 business days.
The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing/Investigation Unit investigates matters pertaining to business licenses, the sale of tobacco products, and licensed professionals. For more information on what this Division may assist you with pertaining to business licenses, the sale of tobacco products and licensed professionals see below.
Please be aware that not all issues will fall within the jurisdiction of this Division and you may want to contact other agencies for assistance. For more information on how to file a complaint with this Division’s Investigation Unit go to Investigations.
Complaints pertaining to business licenses, the sale of tobacco products, and licensed professionals are investigated by this Division's Investigations Unit.
In addition and/or for complaints that do not fall within the jurisdiction of this Division, you may want to file a complaint with another relevant agency. Below is a partial list of relevant agencies and other complaint resources.
In addition, you may wish to contact any other relevant federal agencies, local government agencies (i.e. borough, city, municipal, or village), consumer resources and/or seek professional or legal counsel.
If you have any questions you can contact us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at email@example.com.