About Vendor Licensing and Registration

Vendors must be licensed or registered by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission prior to conducting business with a gaming establishment. The purpose of the licensing and registration process is to ensure that those doing business with the gaming industry meet the statutory requirements of good character, honesty and integrity.

Prior to becoming a Licensee/Registrant, all vendor applicants must demonstrate a business relationship with a Massachusetts gaming licensee by submitting a letter of intent prior to application submission (Gaming Vendor – Primary), or by submitting a Statement of Business Relationship with their application (Non-Gaming Vendor).

Vendor licensee and registration applicants may request from the Commission that their business be considered a minority-owned business, women owned business, or a veteran owned small business. Please contact the MGC Division of Licensing for further instructions for consideration if you believe that your company should be considered one of the above.

The forms may be printed, completed, and sent to the following:

Division of Licensing
Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA, 02110

Non-Gaming Vendor

A Non-Gaming Vendor is a business that offers to a gaming establishment or gaming licensee goods and/or services which are not directly related to gaming.  Some examples of Non-Gaming Vendors are: food purveyors, linen suppliers, garbage handlers, limousine service companies, and suppliers of alcoholic beverages.

Instructions for Non-Gaming Vendor

Non-gaming vendors must complete a Non-Gaming Vendor Registration Form prior to conducting business with a gaming establishment or gaming licensee in Massachusetts.

Once a registration issues, it is valid for a period of 5 years and then must be renewed. A registration may be revoked or suspended if it is determined that the vendor is disqualified or unsuitable based on the criteria listed in 205 CMR 134.11.

Application Forms for Non-Gaming Vendor
    • Registration Checklist for Non-Gaming Vendor

      This guide will walk you through a registration.

    Gaming Vendor – Secondary

    After a Non-Gaming Vendor registration issues, the Commission may later designate a vendor that regularly conducts significant business with a gaming establishment as a Gaming Vendor – Secondary.

    Instructions for Gaming Vendor – Secondary

    Gaming Vendors – Secondary must participate in a scope of licensing discussion with Commission staff to determine which individuals and affiliated entities of the business must qualify and then submit the required application materials.

    Application Forms for Gaming Vendor – Secondary
  • Gaming Vendor – Primary

    A person who conducts business with a gaming establishment which directly relates to gaming as defined by M.G.L. c. 23K, § 2, including, but not limited to a person who manufactures, sells, leases, supplies or distributes devices, machines, equipment designed for use in the gaming area, for use in simulcast wagering, used in connection with a gaming or have the capacity to affect the calculation, storage, collection, electronic security on control of gaming revenues from a gaming establishment must submit an application for a Gaming Vendor – Primary license.

    Instructions for Gaming Vendor – Primary

    To initiate the process of becoming a Gaming Vendor – Primary, an applicant must first submit a Letter of Intent indicating which gaming licensee the applicant intends to work with. The Division of Licensing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission requires applicants for a Gaming Vendor license to first have an initial “scope of licensing” discussion with Commission staff to determine which individuals and affiliated entities are required to qualify for licensure. The step must occur before submission of application materials. Interested parties are required to contact the Licensing Division at vendorlicensing.mgc@state.ma.us to initiate this discussion.

    Please note that an application for licensure will not be accepted and processed without the appropriate application fee.  Application fees are non-refundable. Once an application is accepted by the Commission, it becomes property of the Commission and may not be withdrawn without permission of the Commission.

    Application Forms for Gaming Vendor – Primary

    Temporary Licensing

    Because the background investigative process for gaming vendors can be lengthy, a temporary licensing process is available for gaming vendors. In order to obtain a temporary license, vendors must first file a completed application. Second, the gaming establishment must file a written petition requesting that a temporary (6 months) license issue to the vendor. At least 2 to 4 weeks is needed after the application is complete and the petition is filed for the background investigation of the vendor before a temporary license will issue.

    Renewals

    For information regarding the renewal process, please contact the Division of Licensing at 617.979.8400, or vendorlicensing.mgc@state.ma.us

     

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