Classes for Cigarette and Tobacco Product Retailers

Did you know you can schedule a free onsite BOE Tobacco Class for your organization or group?

Did you know you can schedule a free onsite BOE Tobacco Class
for your organization or group?

The Board of Equalization (BOE) offers free classes for retailers who sell or plan to sell cigarettes or tobacco products in California (includes "vaping" products containing nicotine). This class is designed to inform, answer questions, and help retailers understand the state's requirements and their responsibilities as a vendor of tobacco products in California. During the class we will cover topics such as:

  • Who must be licensed
  • Sales of electronic smoking (vaping) devices such as eCigarettes
  • What to expect during a BOE inspection
  • What records you must maintain at your business location
  • What violations can result in the seizure of your products
  • Recent changes in law that may affect your sales of tobacco products
  • What rights you have as a taxpayer, and much more…

These classes are offered at local BOE district offices throughout the state. Classes are scheduled when a minimum class registration is reached for any one of the BOE locations shown below; so don't forget to preregister. Once the class is scheduled, each person preregistered for that location will be contacted with the class date, time and address. A BOE certificate of completion is offered to those attending any one of these instructor-led classes.

You can preregister online for a class by using the "Register" links below for any of the locations shown or you can call 1-916-322-8536 to register or for more information. If you would like to have a free tobacco class conducted solely for your organization, you may contact the BOE at 1-916-323-4088 to make arrangements or email your request to

If you are unable to attend an instructor-led class, you may review the class information online at Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Online Seminar for Retailers. The information provided in this tutorial is similar to that covered by instructors in the district classes. The online tutorial is available in multiple languages and also allows you to submit your questions to the BOE by email.

*BOE Tobacco Classes*

Class Location Register Online
Call 1-916-322-8536
Class Schedule
Bakersfield District Office
1800 30th Street, Ste. 380
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Culver City District Office
5901 Green Valley Circle, Ste. 200
Culver City, CA 90230
El Centro Branch Office
1550 West Main Street
El Centro, CA 92243
(free parking)
Fresno District Office
8050 N Palm Avenue, Ste. 205
Fresno, CA 93711
Glendale District Office
505 North Brand Blvd., Ste. 700
Glendale, CA 91203
Register Tuesday, November 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Information
Irvine District Office
16715 Von Karman Avenue, Ste. 200
Irvine, CA 92606
Norwalk District Office
12440 E. Imperial Highway, Ste. 200
Norwalk, CA 90650
(free parking)
Oakland District Office
1515 Clay Street, Ste. 303
Oakland, CA 94612
Rancho Cucamonga
10760 4th Street, Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Riverside District Office
3737 Main Street, Ste. 1000
Riverside, CA 92501
Sacramento District Office
3321 Power Inn Road, Ste. 210
Sacramento, CA 95826
San Diego District Office
15015 Avenue of Science, Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92128
(free parking)
San Francisco District Office
Two Rincon Center
121 Spear Street, Ste. 460
San Francisco, CA 94105
San Jose District Office
250 South Second Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Santa Clarita District Office
25360 Magic Mountain Parkway, Ste. 330
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Santa Rosa District Office
50 D Street, Room 230
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Ventura District Office
4820 McGrath Street, Ste. 260
Ventura, CA 93003
West Covina District Office
1521 West Cameron Avenue, Ste. 300
West Covina, CA 91793

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