County of San Diego Tobacco Retail Licensing Program


Tobacco retailers in the unincorporated area must obtain a Tobacco Retail License (TRL) on an annual basis and comply with operating and tobacco product requirements.


The TRL fee for the fiscal year 2023-24 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024) is $730, the same as the previous fiscal year 2022-23. 


Retailers who were licensed by the County on or before June 30, 2023, should submit a complete application packet to renew their TRL no later than September 5, 2023. The County will NOT impose penalties for selling tobacco products without a license on a currently licensed retailer who has submitted a complete application packet by September 5, 2023.

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Retailers can complete the TRL forms electronically OR manually.

Retailers who choose the electronic option MUST open Adobe Reader© first in order to complete and sign the TRL forms. Retailers who don’t have Adobe Reader© can click here to download a free copy to their computer.

Retailers who choose the manual option MUST print the forms, complete them, sign/initial them, and then scan them so they can be emailed to the TRL program.

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