Do You Need a Travel Agent License?

By Stephanie Lee

There’s a lot of things to think about when you’re starting up your travel agency – a name, a niche, how to find clients. One day, it dawns on you, Do you need a travel agent license? Is there even such a thing as a travel agent license? How do you get one? So you turned to Google and here you are – welcome! The answer is yes, you may be needing one.

Map of License Requirements

When we say travel agent license, it’s really just the government red tape (ahem, and fees) of registering your travel agency.  It has nothing to do with training or testing of your travel agent knowledge.   You fill out some forms, pay a fee, and get a seller of travel number.

Nationally, the government isn’t looking to cash in on travel agencies through registration/licensing fees.  Whew!

But unfortunately, it’s a whole different story when it comes to states. In the US, there are 6 states that have seller of travel laws, i.e. a travel agent license. Before you read on, be warned you’re going to feel overwhelmed – don’t worry, it’s natural!  As with anything, there’s a general miserableness that accompanies government paperwork and legalese. Remember, it’s temporary.

Find out which states require licenses, the details on their seller of travel laws, and how you can save money by aligning with a host agency.  >> Read more on Host Agency Reviews


Steph Lee TravelStephanie Lee is founder of Host Agency Reviews, a website that connects travel agents and host agencies.  After a 6-year stretch as director of a national host agency, Stephanie created Host Agency Reviews to help agents find a host agency as well as start and grow their travel agencies.  She was awarded ASTA’s Young Professional of the Year and Travel Agent Magazine’s 30 under 30 award.  On the media front, she currently writes columns for home-based travel agents at Travel Research Online and Travel Market Report.  She can be found on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

About Meredith Hill

Meredith Hill has an authentic passion for helping entrepreneurs in the travel industry create the businesses and lives of their dreams; she’s made a significant impact on hundreds of entrepreneurs all over the U.S., Canada, and the world. Her story is similar to many entrepreneurs who struggle in today’s economy. In 2007, Meredith’s travel business was on the verge of closing. She thought about giving up – but didn’t, because she wanted to set a positive example for her family and her community that small business ownership is the backbone of the economy, and that it is possible to have success. On her entrepreneurial journey, Meredith discovered that there was a major blind spot among travel professionals – travel professionals knew how to sell travel, but no one was showing them how to run their businesses. After she turned her own travel business around, a business that was very near and dear to her heart, Meredith took another big leap of faith. She channeled her deep-seated passion for revolutionizing the travel industry into founding the Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs (GIFTE) in 2011, a community where travel professionals can learn how to build successful travel businesses that change people’s lives. Since then, Meredith has become a thought leader in the travel industry, traveling across the nation – and globe – speaking to audiences about the importance of adopting an entrepreneurial mindset when selling travel. In 2014, she published her first book, "How to Monetize Your Passion for Travel: The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Travel Entrepreneurs," which soon became a bestseller in several categories on Amazon. Meredith continues to use her gift to guide her clients to paths of success; GIFTE today serves 400+ members through travel business courses and coaching programs. In 2013, Meredith founded Gifted Travel Network (GTN), a new breed of host agency. Building off of GIFTE's principles, GTN supports its travel professionals by helping them build their own brands and by providing ongoing entrepreneurial education - or, as Meredith says, "entrepreneurial nutrition."
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