The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Licenses, Permits and Registrations

Ray & Bishop, PLC, Federal License Defense Attorneys

The United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, known as the TTB, issues numerous licenses, permits and registrations. These licenses, permits and registrations deal with the licensing, regulation and enforcement of alcohol and tobacco products. TTB also collects excise taxes in the alcohol, firearms and tobacco industries. These categories of licenses and permits issued by TTB include, but are not limited to:

Alcohol Dealer

Alcohol Exporter

Alcohol Importer

Alcohol Producer

Alcohol Manufacturer

Alcohol Wholesaler

Alcohol User



Tobacco Exporter

Tobacco Importer

Tobacco Manufacturer


The TTB conducts extensive background checks on applicants for TTB licenses, permits and registrations. Applicants denied a Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau license, permit or registration can Appeal by requesting a Hearing before a Hearing Officer. Licensees are required to comply with extensive laws, rules and regulations. Failure to comply with these laws, rules and regulations can result in the revocation of a TTB issued license, permit or registration. The TTB maintains a dual law enforcement and Administrative regulatory mission. Many of these laws, rules and regulations also carry criminal penalties.

In the event of a TTB Administrative Law Revocation action, a Hearing will be conducted. A Hearing Officer will preside over the Hearing. The Hearing is a formal evidentiary Hearing where witnesses will testify and the Hearing Officer will take evidence. The Hearing Officer will make a written decision. The TTB itself issues the final decision of whether or not to revoke the license, permit or registration. It is sometimes possible to enter into a settlement agreement, or consent order, with TTB.

When facing an Administrative Law matter with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, it is crucial to receive representation from a Federal License Defense Attorney familiar with the Federal Administrative Law process. While the Code of Federal Regulations governs much of the Federal Administrative Law process, each agency has the ability to issue its own rules and regulations and decide its own Administrative Law process. The TTB is no exception. Thus, it is important to be represented by counsel when facing a TTB license, permit or registration Revocation Hearing with the TTB.

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