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Iowa Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Bond

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How much does an Iowa cigarette, tobacco, or delivery seller bond cost? 

The Iowa cigarette, tobacco, or delivery seller bond costs $100 annually. Iowa law requires these tobacco tax bonds expire annually on June 30th, so your exact bond premium will vary depending on when you purchase your tax bond for your license.

How do I get a cigarette or tobacco products tax bond in Iowa? 

You can purchase your Iowa cigarette or tobacco products tax bond online 24/7. Simply choose the bond amount required for your tobacco license type and provide the following information for Department of Revenue filing approval.

  • business name
  • address
  • license type

 Once your payment is processed, your official Iowa surety bond will be delivered to your email instantly.

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Bond Type
$500Cigarette and Tobacco Tax BondCigarette Railway Car Retailer
$1,000Cigarette and Tobacco Tax BondTobacco Distributor, Cigarette Vendor, Delivery Seller, Alternative Nicotine or Vapor Product Delivery Seller
$1,500-$15,000Cigarette and Tobacco Tax BondMultiple license types (Bond amount is cumulative)
$2,500Cigarette and Tobacco Tax BondCigarette Distributor, Cigarette Wholesaler, Cigarette Distributing Agent, Cigarette Wholesaler and Tobacco Subjobber
$3,500Cigarette and Tobacco Tax BondCigarette Distributor and Tobacco Distributor
$5,000Cigarette and Tobacco Tax BondCigarette Manufacturer, Non-Permittee Storing Interstate Cigarettes

What is an Iowa cigarette and tobacco tax bond? 

Iowa Code Section 453A.14 requires individuals file a surety bond before they can be issued a state tobacco permit. State form 70-031a is officially titled the "Iowa Cigarette, Tobacco, or Delivery Seller Bond" but is more commonly known as the “cigarette and tobacco tax bond." This bond specifically requires cigarette and tobacco businesses comply with all rules and regulations outlined in Iowa Code Chapter 453A and pay all taxes, fees, and other costs as required by law.

Why do you need a cigarette or tobacco products bond? 

By filing this tax bond for your cigarette or tobacco license, you agree to comply with Iowa Code when operating your business and pay all owed taxes, fees, and other costs promptly. If you fail to do so, your issuing surety company will pay valid claims up to your full bond amount, which you must reimburse. 

Who regulates licensing for the cigarette and tobacco industry in Iowa? 

The Iowa Department of Revenue enforces cigarette, tobacco, and delivery seller licensing requirements in the state, including this surety bond requirement. You can contact the DOR staff by calling 1(515)281-6134 or emailing [email protected]

How do I determine my Iowa tobacco tax bond amount?

Iowa cigarette, tobacco, and delivery seller licensees must file the following bond amounts. Note that your bond amount must be the total of all license/bond types required for your business.

  • Cigarette Distributor: $2,500
  • Tobacco Distributor: $1,000
  • Cigarette Manufacturer: $5,000
  • Cigarette Vendor: $1,000
  • Cigarette Wholesaler: $2,500
  • Cigarette Distributing Agent: $2,500
  • Cigarette Railway Car Retailer: $500
  • Alternative Nicotine or Vapor Products Delivery Seller: $1,000
  • Cigarette Distributor and Tobacco Distributor: $3,500
  • Cigarette Wholesaler and Tobacco Subjobber: $2,500
  • Non-Permittee Storing Interstate Cigarettes: $5,000

If you have questions about the bond amount required for your cigarette, tobacco, or delivery seller bond, contact the Iowa Department of Revenue before purchasing your bond.

How do I update or change my tobacco license or permit bond form? 

If the Iowa DOR requires your surety bond documentation to be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from, email [email protected] to explain the needed change. The most common changes requested for these bonds are updating your business name or address to match your Iowa tobacco license or permit.

How do I renew my Iowa tobacco tax bond? 

You must renew your Iowa cigarette and tobacco tax bond before its current term expires on June 30th. Once you pay your renewal invoice, renewal instructions will be sent to you to keep your tobacco bond active for your next license term.  

How do I get a cigarette or tobacco permit in Iowa?

To apply for your new Iowa cigarette permit, tobacco tax license, or delivery seller permit, you must mail or hand deliver the following to the Iowa Department of Revenue.

  • application
  • Iowa surety bond form 70-031a in the correct total bond amount
  • payment of fees

Mailing Address                                    

Tax Management Division
Iowa Department of Revenue
PO Box 10472
Des Moines, IA 50306-0472

Physical Address

Iowa Department of Revenue
Hoover Building, Cigarette Tax
1305 E Walnut
Des Moines, IA 50319

Call 1 (800) 308-4358 to talk with a Surety Expert