Maryland Responsible Tobacco Retailer Program

Retailers are an important part of our communities, providing goods and services to residents of all ages. Licensed tobacco retailers are uniquely positioned to act responsibly and help reduce and eliminate underage access to tobacco products in Maryland.

Maryland is serious about keeping our kids tobacco-free and is increasing educational efforts and retailer compliance checks across the state.

Understanding the roles retailers play in preventing tobacco sales to minors is essential.

Tobacco retailers are required by law to:

  • Ask for photo ID for everyone under 27.
  • Check to make sure everyone is at least 18.
  • Refuse to sell tobacco and e-cigarette products to everyone under 18.

To put it simply—selling, distributing or promoting tobacco and e-cigarette products to anyone under 18 years of age is illegal.

This website provides materials and resources needed to train and educate retail owners and staff in order to remain compliant with all youth tobacco sales laws. We encourage everyone to utilize and share the resources provided.

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***Beginning October 1, 2019, retailers can only sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-liquids and accessories, to individuals who are at least 21 years old. Retailers must verify customer age with a driver's license or government-issued ID. The minimum sales age remains 18 for active duty military with valid military identification.​***


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Online Training​

A brief overview of youth tobacco sales laws. ​​

Order Free Materials 


Download - Guidebook and Promotional Materials

View - New MD license & ID

MVA began issuing new secure license/ID in July 2016. There are two versions of valid Maryland IDs currently in circulation.

Effective August 8, 2016, FDA finalized a rule ​extending its authority to ALL tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah, & more.