Vendor's License

The Vendor's License is used for sales tax. A copy of the license is forwarded to the Ohio Department of Taxation. The vendor pays to the State the amount of sales tax due based on gross taxable sales. The State then forwards to the County its share of the permissive sales tax, if any. 

A portion of the sales tax is also included in the Local Government Fund, which is shared by the County, townships, and municipalities. The Tax Commissioner uses the information to cross reference the sales tax and income tax returns. Some of the information contained on the application for the license is confidential under Federal law and cannot be disclosed to the public.

Not Transferable

Vendor's licenses are not transferable. A new license is required if you change your name, incorporate, or add a partner. If you change your trade name or d.b.a. you must update the information with the State (form ST 3C (PDF)), or change location within the county (form ST3-TL (PDF)- must be approved by the State) a new license is not required. Partnerships must obtain a federal ID number before applying for a vendor's license.


A vendor's license is canceled by completing last day of business on the final return.

Sales Tax in Williams County

The sales tax rate in Williams County is 7.25% effective September 1, 2013.