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Release Date: February 06, 2002 
Last Update: February 05, 2014 

How to Apply for a Motor Fuel Retail Outlet License
Before a person or business transfers, sells, dispenses or offers for sale motor fuel in the state of Michigan, they must obtain a license from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development for each retail outlet owned by that person or business. Licenses are non-transferable. A change in ownership or location will require a new license.

A retail outlet is identified as an establishment at which motor fuel is sold or offered for sale to the public.

Type of Application Renew Yearly Inspections Fee
Motor Fuel Retail Outlet License
(A Michigan Motor Fuels Quality Act requirement)
New Year License Application Due by 9/1; Current Year License Expires 11/30 Inspections are not required prior to licensing. Inspections are performed on a random basis.

$100.00

For answers to your questions about motor fuel retail outlet licenses contact:

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Central Licensing Unit
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
517-284-5771

How to Apply for A Motor Fuel Retail Outlet License

Complete an application (see below) for motor fuel retail outlet license for each retail outlet location.

Mail the application along with your $100.00 check or money order, made out to the State of Michigan-Laboratory Division, to:

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Laboratory Division
P.O. Box 30776
Lansing, Michigan 48909

To get a copy of an application, click either of the following:

Notice: Motor Fuel Licenses Applications are due September 1 of each year; Current Year Licenses Expire November 30 of each year

The Michigan Motor Fuels Quality Act requires that a person engaged in retail motor fuel sales apply by September 1 of each year to obtain a license from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. This license expires November 30 each year and is not transferable from one owner to the next or from one location to the next.


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