What is the Meaning of a Business License Number?

A business license number is a permit from the state, local, or federal government that allows you to legally own and operate your business. Learn more about what it is and how to get one.

What is the Meaning of a Business License Number?

A business license number is a permit from the state, local, or federal government that allows you to legally own and operate your business. Depending on the city, county, or state, it may also be referred to as a business license or a tax identification number. In some cases, a Universal Data Numbering System (DUNS) number is required. This is a 9-digit number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc.

(D&B) to identify unique business entities. Not all businesses are required to have a license in Arizona, and some companies may need more than one. It's important to understand the type of license you need for your business activity and the regulations that apply in your area. Additionally, some businesses may require additional certifications or permits beyond the basic business license and registration.

In most states, you don't need a general business license to operate. However, you may need to register your business with the state or local government. This process usually involves providing information, paying fees, and other requirements. It's important to note that statements have been made that any company that defies an order could have its business license withdrawn, electricity turned off, and other consequences.

Therefore, it's important to understand the regulations and laws that apply to your business. You don't need an attorney to apply for a business license, but hiring one can be helpful in properly applying for and maintaining your business license. Jane Haskins practiced law for 20 years, representing small businesses in creation, dissolution, business transactions and litigation.