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.


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+.

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