PCA 2021: OTP Event License

must complete & submit by JUNE 1

In an effort to cooperate with the State of Nevada Department of Taxation, it is now mandatory for all exhibitors distributing cigarettes or Other Tobacco Products (OTP) to apply for an Event Specific Tobacco License. This application is free and takes 30 days to process. You must complete and submit your application directly to the Nevada Department of Taxation by June 1st, 2021 to ensure there is plenty of time for review. Contact Details are below for your reference.

Please Be Mindful of and Comply with the Following:

  • The application MUST be completed by an authorized owner/officer of the company.
  • You MUST list each individual brand name that you plan to have on site at the show.
  • For cigars: you must provide your best estimate of the number of cigars you will have on site for each brand. This includes number of boxes and count per box.
  • For pipe/loose tobacco: you must include the number of bags or containers and the total number of ounces or pounds per container.
  • Anything not listed on the application that is displayed or distributed at the show is considered contraband and may be subject to seizure

Submit your completed application to


NOTE: If you are licensed in Nevada or if for some reason this is not applicable to you, please notify colleen@premiumcigars.org.

We strongly recommend that you display the Event Specific in your exhibit booth so it is easier for the Department’s and the Attorneys General Investigators to see it while walking the trade show floor. If it is not on display then it must be immediately available upon request in order to be in compliance.

Contact Details

Tax License Specific Questions

Shannon McConville
Management Analyst I – Tobacco Enforcement Unit
Department of Taxation
P: 775-684-2165
F: 775-684-2020
E: mcconville@tax.state.nv.us

PCA Trade Show Questions

Colleen McCabe
Trade Show Operations
Premium Cigar Association
P: 202-849-6047
E: colleen@premiumcigars.org

Event Specific License Application Process

A company that is not licensed with the Nevada Department of Taxation to sell or distribute the products they intend to bring, including cigarettes, OTP, or CBD products; components meaning any product intended exclusively or primarily to be used for nicotine consumption, are required to complete an application. The company must be licensed for what they are bringing (i.e. cigarette manufacturer wants to bring cigarettes that are already on the Nevada Tobacco Directory would not need to apply. If the cigarette manufacturer wishes to sell and distribute pipe tobacco, they would have to apply for an Event Specific OTP Wholesale Dealer’s License).

Applications must be submitted 30 days prior to the show or risk not being able to display or sample their products. If your application is not approved and/or you do not receive the approval letter before the show, that company is not allowed to sell or distribute samples of any tobacco products.

**The Department has waived the requirement to enclose sample pictures of packaging for each brand.**

Approximately 30 days after your application is submitted, you will receive your license in the mail. Temporary business licenses must be displayed in your booth at the show.

Failure to comply with the State of Nevada Department of Taxation and the deadlines above may result in your booth being cancelled without further notice.

The license is specific to sales and distribution, however the PCA has a “no sales” policy. This means that orders can be placed onsite, but no exchange of goods and currency may occur. This includes but is not limited to cash, checks, credit cards, wire transfer and venmo/paypal transactions. Any sales made at the show will be considered a violation of PCA rules and regulations and you will be held fully accountable and responsible for remitting tax to the Department of Taxation via a one-time OTP tax return.

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