Webpage last updated 5/3/2024. 

How to Renew a Tobacco Retail License

Renewal Application: Choose this category if BOTH statements are true: 

  • The business owner and location are currently licensed by the County of San Diego AND
  • Ownership, ownership type, or location have not changed since receiving your County of San Diego Tobacco Retail License (TRL).

To complete your Renewal Application Packet, you must do all of the following:

  1. Complete and sign the Application Form. Please include your store/DBA and ownership information. To complete this form electronically, use Adobe Reader © as described in the homepage.
  2. Pay the TRL fee of $730 (plus processing charges) using this link: payments.lexisnexis.com/ca/sandiego/trl. Video tutorial coming soon!
  3. Submit a copy of the current state Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer’s License. A copy can be downloaded as a PDF here: cdtfa.ca.gov/.

Once the above items have been completed:

  1. Submit the complete application packet here: PHS-TRLApplications.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov
  2. Insert the store name or name of retailer in the subject line of the TRL Application email. For example: TRL Application Name of Retailer.
  3. Save a copy of all documents for your records.  

Retailers whose County of San Diego TRL expires on  or before June 30, 2024, must submit an application, license fee, and a copy of their state TRL between May 1-May 21, 2024, to renew their license. Failure to submit all three items during this period will affect any pre-existing exemption to the 500-foot rule and may prevent you from receiving your County of San Diego TRL.

WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR LICENSE: Issuing the TRL will take approximately four weeks after a complete application packet has been submitted.

Upon approval of the TRL application, the County TRL program staff will send the license to the business mailing address. Any changes to the information submitted on the application form must be emailed within five days of a change to PHS-TRLApplications.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov.