Sales of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to persons under 21 is prohibited by state law. It’s up to Texas retailers to properly identify customers before selling to them. Many large retailers use seller trainers (known as “vendors” in state statute) to train their employees who sell tobacco products.

The Comptroller reviews qualified applications and certifies vendors interested in providing seller training programs. These programs must meet minimum curriculum requirements established by the Comptroller, who must also certify the seller trainer. To develop a curriculum, first review the state’s requirements and guidelines (see Rule 3.1203 for complete details). Then submit the completed curriculum to the Comptroller’s office with the seller training certification.

If questions arise, call 800-862-2260 for assistance.


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