Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Tax Commission
Alcohol and Tobacco Division
(405) 521-3242

Oklahoma Ethics Commission
(405) 521-3451

PCA Contact

Brett Mecum brett@premiumcigars.org

Legislative Information

Taxation

Oklahoma imposes a series of excise taxes on the manufacturer, wholesaler, warehouseman, distributor, or jobber first possessing, selling, using, distributing, exchanging, bartering, or in any manner dealing with the tobacco products in Oklahoma. No other person, wholesaler, warehouseman, distributor, jobber, or retailer may first possess, use, sell, exchange, distribute, barter, or in any manner deal with tobacco products upon which the excise tax has not been paid.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 402

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, §§ 402-1 to 402-3


No agency or other political subdivision of the state, including municipalities, counties, or any agency thereof, may adopt any order, ordinance, rule or regulation concerning the sale, purchase, distribution, advertising, sampling, promotion, display, possession, licensing, or taxation of tobacco products or vapor products, except as provided in Section 1511 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1521 et seq. of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 1247 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.10

The total tax rates for various types of other tobacco products are as follows: 

other tobacco product (otp)tax rate
Little Cigars$0.036/each
Large Cigars$0.12/each
Smoking Tobacco80% of factory list price
Chewing Tobacco60% of factory list price

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 402

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, §§ 402-1 to 402-3

Every manufacturer, wholesaler, jobber, and distributor licensed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission to possess, use, or in any manner deal with untaxed tobacco products must file an Oklahoma Tobacco Products Tax Return (Form TOB50001) and supplemental attachments on or before the 15th day of each month, along with payment for taxes due. Retailers or consumers purchasing tobacco products and cigars from the shipper or seller through an agent are also required to file Form TOB50001.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 413(B)

Form Type / NameForm Number / Link
Oklahoma Tax Commission: Cigarette and Tobacco FormsCigarette and Tobacco Forms
Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Cigarette and Tobacco LicensingPacket C

Cigar and Smoking Tobacco Definitions

Smoking” means the carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking devices.

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 1-1522(8)

Cigars” means any roll of tobacco for smoking, irrespective of size or shape and irrespective of the tobacco being flavored, adulterated, or mixed with any other ingredients, where the roll’s wrapper is made chiefly of tobacco.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(k)

Tobacco products” means any cigars, cheroots, stogies, smoking tobacco (including granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and any other kinds and forms of tobacco suitable for smoking in a pipe or cigarette), chewing tobacco (including cavendish, twist, plug, scrap, and any other kinds and forms of tobacco suitable for chewing), however prepared; and includes any other articles or products made of tobacco or any substitutes therefor.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(g)

The first sale” means the first sale or distribution of cigars or tobacco products in intrastate commerce, or the first use or consumption of cigars or tobacco products within Oklahoma.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(f)

Sample” means a tobacco product or vapor product distributed to members of the public at no cost for the purpose of promoting the product.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.2(3)

Sampling” means the distribution of samples to members of the public in a public place.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.2(4)

A “retailer” is every dealer, other than a wholesale dealer, whose principal business is that of selling merchandise at retail, who sells, or offers for sale, cigars or tobacco products, irrespective of quantity, number of sales, giving them away, or exposing them where they may be taken, or purchased, or otherwise acquired by the consumer.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(d)

A “dealer” is a person, firm, corporation, or association that manufactures or imports from out of state cigars or tobacco products for distribution, sale, use, or consumption in Oklahoma. 

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(l)

Wholesaler” means a dealer whose principal business is that of a wholesale dealer or jobber, who sells any cigars or tobacco products to licensed retail dealers only for the purpose of resale, or giving them away, or exposing them where they may be taken, purchased, or otherwise acquired by the retailer.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(c)

A “distributing agent” is any person in Oklahoma who acts as an agent of any person outside the state by receiving cigars and tobacco products in interstate commerce and storing such items subject to distribution or delivery, upon order from said person outside the state, to distributors, wholesale dealers, and retail dealers, or to consumers. The term also includes any person who solicits or takes orders for cigars and tobacco products to be shipped in interstate commerce to a person in Oklahoma by a person residing outside Oklahoma, the tax not having been paid on the cigars and tobacco products.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 401(h)

Vapor products” are noncombustible products that may or may not contain nicotine that employs a mechanical heating element, battery, electronic circuit or other mechanisms that can be used to produce vapor in a solution or other form. It also includes any vapor cartridge that is intended to be used with an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or other similar product.Oklahoma SB 33 (2019)

Restrictions

Oklahoma law prohibits smoking: in any indoor place used by or open to the public; in all parts of a zoo to which the public may be admitted; on public transportation; in any indoor workplace, including work areas, employee lounges, restrooms, conference rooms, classrooms, employee cafeterias, hallways, any other spaces used or visited by employees, and all space between a floor and ceiling that is predominantly or totally enclosed by walls or windows, regardless of doors, doorways, open or closed windows, or stairways; in all buildings and other properties owned or operated by the state or by a county or municipal government; in all buildings owned by an educational facility; or within 25 feet of the entrance or exit of any building specified above.

Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1247


Cities and towns may enact and enforce laws prohibiting and penalizing smoking violations, but the provisions of such laws must be the same as provided in state law, and the enforcement provisions under such laws cannot be more stringent than those of state law. However, cities and towns are authorized to enact laws restricting smoking on properties owned or operated by the respective governing bodies.  Nothing in state law prevents a county or municipal government, at the discretion of the respective governing bodies, from prohibiting smoking in or on property owned or operated by the respective governing bodies.

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 1-1527


Oklahoma SB 33 (2019) adds vapor products to tobacco-related products that are prohibited in or on an educational facility that offers early childhood education programs or in which children grades kindergarten through twelve are educated. Nothing in this measure shall prohibit public schools from having more restrictive policies regarding tobacco or vapor products.

The prohibition on smoking does not apply to stand-alone bars, stand-alone taverns, or cigar bars, which are defined as establishment that derive more than 60% of their gross receipts, subject to verification by competent authority, from the sale of alcoholic beverages and low-point beer, admit no person under 21 years of age (except for members of a musical band), and are not located within, or do not share any common entryway or common indoor area with, any other enclosed indoor workplace, including a restaurant.

Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1247(F)

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 1-1522(9)


The following are also exempt from the ban on smoking, subject to conditions:

  • The room or rooms where licensed charitable bingo games are being operated, but only during the hours of operation of such games;
  • Designated guest rooms at a lodging establishment
  • Retail tobacco stores predominantly engaged in the sale of tobacco products and accessories and in which the sale of other products is merely incidental and in which no food or beverage is sold or served for consumption on the premises;
  • Workplaces where only the owner or operator of the workplace, or the immediate family of the owner or operator, performs any work, and the workplace has only incidental public access;
  • Workplaces exclusively occupied by one or more smokers, if the workplace has only incidental public access;
  • Workplaces within private residences, except that smoking are not allowed during the hours of operation where the private residence is used as a childcare facility;
  • Medical research or treatment centers, if smoking is integral to the research or treatment;
  • A tax-exempt facility operated by a post or organization of past or present members of the Armed Forces, when such facility is used exclusively by its members and their families and for the conduct of post or organization nonprofit operations except during an event or activity which is open to the public; and
  • Any outdoor seating area of a restaurant provided that smoking is not allowed within 15 feet of any exterior public doorway or any air intake of a restaurant.

Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1247(G)


To qualify for any of the exemptions above, the smoking space must either occupy the entire enclosed indoor space, or if it shares the enclosed space with any nonsmoking areas, the smoking space must be fully enclosed, exhausted directly to the outside with no air from the smoking space circulated to any nonsmoking area, and under negative air pressure so that no smoke can drift or circulate into a nonsmoking area when a door to an adjacent nonsmoking area is opened. Air from a smoking room cannot be exhausted within 15 feet of any entrance, exit, or air intake.

Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1247(I)


Oklahoma law does not provide a specific application procedure to qualify for exemption from the smoking ban. 

Individuals under 18 years of age cannot purchase, receive, or have in his or her possession a tobacco or vapor product, or present or offer to any person false or fraudulent proof of age for the purpose of purchasing or receiving tobacco or vapor products. However, it is not illegal for an employee under 18 years of age to handle tobacco products or vapor products when required in the performance of the employee’s duties.

Okla. Stat. tit. 10A, § 2-8-224


Similarly, it is illegal for any person to sell, give, or furnish in any manner any tobacco or vapor product to another person who is under 18 years of age, or to purchase in any manner a tobacco or vapor product on behalf of any such person. Again, this prohibition does not apply to an employee under 18 years of age during the performance of the employee’s duties.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.3


No agency or other political subdivision of the state, including municipalities, counties, or any agency thereof, may adopt any order, ordinance, rule or regulation concerning the sale, purchase, distribution, advertising, sampling, promotion, display, possession, licensing, or taxation of tobacco products or vapor products, except as provided in Section 1511 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1521 et seq. of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 1247 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.10

In Oklahoma, it is illegal for any person or retailer to distribute tobacco products, vapor products, or product samples to any person under 18 years of age. It is also illegal to distribute tobacco products, vapor products, or product samples in or on any public street, sidewalk, or park that is within 300 feet of any playground, school, or other facilities when the facility is being used primarily by persons under 18 years of age.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.8


Staff reported that tobacco product samples are subject to the tobacco products tax and licensing requirements.

No agency or other political subdivision of the state, including municipalities, counties, or any agency thereof, may adopt any order, ordinance, rule or regulation concerning the sale, purchase, distribution, advertising, sampling, promotion, display, possession, licensing, or taxation of tobacco products or vapor products, except as provided in Section 1511 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1521 et seq. of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 1247 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.10

Operating Your Business

Every wholesaler of tobacco products in Oklahoma must obtain a Wholesale Tobacco License from the Oklahoma Tax Commission by filing the Oklahoma Business Registration Application (Packet A), the Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Cigarette and Tobacco Licensing (Packet C), an Unstamped Tobacco Products Tax Bond (Form BT-162) in the amount of $25,000, and a $250 application fee. Wholesale Tobacco Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issue and must be renewed annually by filing the same forms.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 415(A)


Every tobacco products distributing agent must obtain a Tobacco Distributing Agent License by filing the Oklahoma Business Registration Application (Packet A), the Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Cigarette and Tobacco Licensing (Packet C), an Unstamped Tobacco Products Tax Bond (Form BT-162) in the amount of $25,000, and a $100 application fee. Tobacco Distributing Agent Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issue and must be renewed annually by filing the same forms.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 415(D)


Every retailer of tobacco products in Oklahoma must obtain a Retail Tobacco License by filing the Oklahoma Business Registration Application (Packet A), the Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Cigarette and Tobacco Licensing (Packet C), an Unstamped Tobacco Products Tax Bond (Form BT-162) in the amount of $25,000, and a $30 application fee. Retail Tobacco Licenses are valid for 3 years from the date of issue, provided that the retailer timely files reports and remits the appropriate taxes due. Licenses may be renewed by filing the same forms.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 415(B)


Each truck or vehicle from which cigars or tobacco products are sold will be considered a place of business and required to obtain a Wholesale Tobacco License and an Unstamped Tobacco Products Tax Bond (Form BT-162) in the amount of $500.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 414


Every manufacturer, wholesaler, jobber, and distributor licensed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission to possess, use, or in any manner deal with untaxed tobacco products must file an Oklahoma Tobacco Products Tax Return (Form TOB50001) and supplemental attachments on or before the 15th day of each month, along with payment for taxes due. Retailers or consumers purchasing tobacco products and cigars from the shipper or seller through an agent are also required to file Form TOB50001.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 413(B)


The prohibition on smoking does not apply to stand-alone bars, stand-alone taverns, or cigar bars, which are defined as establishment that derive more than 60% of their gross receipts, subject to verification by competent authority, from the sale of alcoholic beverages and low-point beer, admit no person under 21 years of age (except for members of a musical band), and are not located within, or do not share any common entryway or common indoor area with, any other enclosed indoor workplace, including a restaurant. However, Oklahoma law does not provide a specific application procedure to qualify for exemption from the smoking ban.

Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1247(F)

Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 1-1522(9)


No agency or other political subdivision of the state, including municipalities, counties, or any agency thereof, may adopt any order, ordinance, rule or regulation concerning the sale, purchase, distribution, advertising, sampling, promotion, display, possession, licensing, or taxation of tobacco products or vapor products, except as provided in Section 1511 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1521 et seq. of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 1247 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.10

Form Type / NameForm Number / Link
Oklahoma Tax Commission: Cigarette and Tobacco FormsCigarette and Tobacco Forms
Online Application for Oklahoma Business RegistrationPacket A
Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Cigarette and Tobacco LicensingPacket C
Unstamped Tobacco Products Tax BondForm BT-162

Political Involvement

An “executive lobbyist” is any individual who is employed or retained by another for financial or other compensation to perform services that include executive lobbying, other than an individual whose lobbying activities are only incidental to, and are not a significant part of, the services provided by such individual to the client.

The following individuals shall not be considered lobbyists:

  • An individual appearing before a state officer or employee of an agency who receives no compensation for his or her appearance other than reimbursement from the state for expenses and who engages in no further lobbying;
  • A federal official acting in his or her official capacity;
  • Any person exercising his or her constitutional right to petition the government who receives no compensation or anything of value for lobbying

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(4)

Executive lobbying” means any oral or written communication with a state officer or employee of an agency, excluding the Governor or a member of the Legislature or with an employee of the Governor or the Legislature, on behalf of a lobbyist principal with regard to the passage, defeat, formulation, modification, interpretation, amendment, adoption, approval or veto of any legislation, rule, rate, regulation, executive order or any other program, policy or position of state government.  

Executive lobbying” does not include testimony given at or submitted in writing to a public hearing of the agency, nor a speech, article, publication or other material that is widely distributed, published in newspapers, magazines or similar publications or broadcast on radio or television.

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(3)

A “legislative lobbyist” is any individual who is employed or retained by another for financial or other compensation to perform services that include legislative lobbying, other than an individual whose lobbying activities are only incidental to, and are not a significant part of, the services provided by such individual to the client.

The following individuals shall not be considered lobbyists:

  • An individual appearing before the Governor or a meeting of a legislative body who receives no compensation for his or her appearance other than reimbursement from the state for expenses and who engages in no further lobbying;
  • A federal official acting in his or her official capacity;
  • Any person exercising his or her constitutional right to petition the government who receives no compensation or anything of value for lobbying

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(8)

Legislative lobbying” means any oral or written communication with the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or an employee of the Governor or the Legislature on behalf of a lobbyist principal with regard to the passage, defeat, formulation, modification, interpretation, amendment, adoption, approval or veto of any legislation, rule, regulation, executive order or any other program, policy or position of state government. 

Legislative lobbying” does not include testimony given before, or submitted in writing to, a committee or subcommittee of the Legislature, nor a speech, article, publication or other material that is widely distributed, published in newspapers, magazines or similar publications or broadcast on radio or television;

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(7)

A “legislative liaison” is any state officer or employee whose duties, in fact, include legislative lobbying, regardless of the state officer or employee’s title and regardless of whether or not legislative lobbying is included within the state officer or state employee’s job description other than an individual whose lobbying activities are only incidental to, and are not a significant part of, the services provided by such individual to the agency. Each agency shall have at least one legislative liaison, unless all officers and employees of the agency provide information to the Governor or a legislator only at the request of the Governor or a legislator or an employee of the Governor or the Legislature or as required by law, and provided further that no officer or employee of the agency has requested legislation, other than an appropriation for the agency, or other legislative action, or unless the agency has a contract with a legislative lobbyist to provide legislative lobbying services.

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(6)

A “lobbyist principal”is any person or entity, including an agency, who employs or retains another person for financial or other compensation to conduct executive or legislative lobbying activities on behalf of the lobbyist principal; provided, however, it shall not mean any individual members, partners, officers or shareholders of an agency, a corporation, association, firm, joint venture, joint-stock company, syndicate, business trust, estate, trust, company, partnership, limited partnership, organization, committee or club, or a group of persons who are voluntarily acting in concert.

Okla. Stat. tit. 74E, r. 5.2(9)

Every executive lobbyist, legislative lobbyist, and legislative liaison must register with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission each year that the lobbyist engages in lobbying. Registration occurs in the month of December each year for the following calendar year and must be completed annually. If the liaison or lobbyist is designated after December 31st of one year but before December 1st of the following year, he or she must register within 5 days of his or her appointment. There is a registration fee of $100 for legislative liaisons and legislative lobbyists, plus an additional fee for using a credit card. Registration is required to be done electronically with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission Electronic Reporting System.

There is no registration requirement for lobbyist principals, but every executive lobbyist, legislative lobbyist, and legislative liaison must identify the lobbyist principal or principals on whose behalf they are lobbying.

Each legislative liaison and legislative lobbyist must file seven Legislative Lobbyist Reports every calendar year. The first report must be filed no later than January 5th and covers the period from July 1st – December 31st of the preceding year. After the January Report, reports are filed monthly:

reporting perioddue date
JanuaryFebruary 5th
FebruaryMarch 5th
MarchApril 5th
AprilMay 5th
MayJune 5th
JuneJuly 5th

Each executive lobbyist must file four (4) Executive Lobbyist Reports each year. These reports are due no later than January 5th, April 5th, July 5th, and October 5th.

Form Type / NameForm Number / Link
Rules for Lobbyist Registration and Reporting of ExpendituresOkla. Stat. tit. 4E, r. 5
The Guardian: Oklahoma Ethics Commission Electronic Reporting System HomepageE-Reporting System Home
RegisterRegistration
Oklahoma Ethics Commission: Lobbyist Disclosure and ReportingLobbyist Disclosure and Reporting

Shipping Regulations

No person or entity engaged in the business of selling or distributing cigarettes that is not a manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of cigarettes or other tobacco products licensed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission shall mail, ship or otherwise deliver cigarettes to any person in this state that is not a distributor or wholesaler of cigarettes licensed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission; an export warehouse proprietor, the operator of a customs bonded warehouse , or a person who is an officer, employee or agent of the U.S. Government, Oklahoma, or a department, agency, instrumentality or political subdivision of the United States or Oklahoma when the person is acting in accordance with their official duties. 

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 317.9: Restrictions on delivering cigarettes – Violations


Every wholesaler of tobacco products in Oklahoma must obtain a Wholesale Tobacco License from the Oklahoma Tax Commission by filing the Oklahoma Business Registration Application (Packet A), the Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Cigarette and Tobacco Licensing (Packet C), an Unstamped Tobacco Products Tax Bond (Form BT-162) in the amount of $25,000, and a $250 application fee. Wholesale Tobacco Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issue and must be renewed annually by filing the same forms.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 415(A)


Additional information about licensing in Oklahoma is available under the Operating Your Business and Definitions tabs above.

Oklahoma does not have any specific age verification requirements for the shipping of tobacco products. Sellers must comply with all existing age verification requirements. 

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 317.1: Delivery Sale to Underage Individual

Oklahoma imposes a series of excise taxes on the manufacturer, wholesaler, warehouseman, distributor, or jobber first possessing, selling, using, distributing, exchanging, bartering, or in any manner dealing with the tobacco products in Oklahoma. No other person, wholesaler, warehouseman, distributor, jobber, or retailer may first possess, use, sell, exchange, distribute, barter, or in any manner deal with tobacco products upon which the excise tax has not been paid. There are no additional tax requirements for the shipment of tobacco products. First possessors must pay all applicable taxes.

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 402

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, §§ 402-1 to 402-3

Okla. Stat. tit. 68, § 317.1


No agency or other political subdivision of thestate, including municipalities, counties, or any agency thereof, may adopt any order, ordinance, rule or regulation concerning the sale, purchase, distribution, advertising, sampling, promotion, display, possession, licensing, or taxation of tobacco products or vapor products, except as provided in Section 1511 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1521 et seq. of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes and Section 1247 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Okla. Stat. tit. 37, § 600.10


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