2016 North Dakota Century Code
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REMOTE SALES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
51-32-01. Prohibited acts regarding sale of tobacco products, electronic smoking
devices, or alternative nicotine products to minors.
1. It is unlawful for any person in the business of selling tobacco products to take an
order for a tobacco product, other than from a person who is in the business of selling
tobacco products, through the mail or through any telecommunications means,
including by telephone, facsimile, or the internet, if in providing for the sale or delivery
of the product pursuant to the order, the person mails the product or ships the product
by carrier, and the person fails to comply with each of the following procedures:
a. Before mailing or shipping the product, the person receives from the individual
who places the order the following:
(1) A copy of a valid government-issued document that provides the name,
address, and date of birth of the individual; and
(2) A signed statement from the individual providing a certification that the
(a) Is a smoker of legal minimum purchase age in the state;
(b) Has selected an option on the statement as to whether the individual
wants to receive mailings from a tobacco company; and
(c) Understands that providing false information may constitute a violation
b. Before mailing or shipping the product, the person:
(1) Verifies the date of birth or age of the individual against a commercially
available database; or
(2) Obtains a photocopy or other image of the valid, government-issued
identification stating the date of birth or age of the individual placing the
c. Before mailing or shipping the product, the person provides to the prospective
purchaser, by electronic mail or other means, a notice that meets the
requirements of section 51-32-04.
d. In the case of an order for a product pursuant to an advertisement on the internet,
the person receives payment by credit card, debit card, or check for the order
before mailing or shipping the product.
e. (1) The person employs a method of mailing or shipping the product requiring
that the individual purchasing the product:
(a) Be the addressee;
(b) Have an individual of legal minimum purchase age sign for delivery of
the package; and
(c) If the individual appears to the carrier making the delivery to be under
twenty-seven years of age, take delivery of the package only after
producing valid government-issued identification that bears a
photograph of the individual, indicates that the individual is not under
the legal age to purchase cigarettes, and indicates that the individual
is not younger than the age indicated on the government-issued
(2) The bill of lading clearly states the requirements in subdivision e and
specifies that state law requires compliance with the requirements.
f. The person notifies the carrier for the mailing or shipping, in writing, of the age of
the addressee as indicated by the government-issued document.
2. It is unlawful for any person in the business of selling electronic smoking devices or
alternative nicotine products to take an order for an electronic smoking device or
alternative nicotine product, other than from a person who is in the business of selling
electronic smoking devices or alternative nicotine products through the mail or through
any telecommunications means, including by telephone, facsimile, or the internet, if in
providing for the sale or delivery of the product pursuant to the order, the person mails
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the product or ships the product by carrier, and the person fails to comply with each of
the following procedures:
a. Before the sale of the electronic smoking device or alternative nicotine product
verifies the purchaser is at least eighteen years of age through a commercially
available database that is regularly used by business or governmental entities for
the purpose of age and identity verification; and
b. Uses a method of mailing, shipping, or delivery which requires an individual of
legal minimum purchase age to sign for delivery before the electronic smoking
device or alternative nicotine product is released to the purchaser.
As used in subsection 2, "electronic smoking devices" and "alternative nicotine
products" have the same meaning as in section 12.1-31-03.
51-32-02. Rule of construction regarding common carriers.
This chapter may not be construed as imposing liability upon any common carrier, or officer
or employee of the carrier, when acting within the scope of business of the common carrier.
51-32-03. Electronic mail addresses.
A person taking a delivery sale order may request that a prospective purchaser provide an
electronic mail address for the purchaser.
51-32-04. Disclosure requirements.
The notice required under subdivision c of subsection 1 of section 51-32-01 must include:
1. A prominent and clearly legible statement that cigarette sales to consumers below the
legal minimum age are illegal;
2. A prominent and clearly legible statement that consists of one of the warnings set forth
in section 4(a)(1) of the federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act [15 U.S.C.
1333(a)(1)] rotated on a quarterly basis;
3. A prominent and clearly legible statement that sales of cigarettes are restricted to
those consumers who provide verifiable proof of age in accordance with section
4. A prominent and clearly legible statement that cigarette sales are subject to tax under
sections 57-36-06 and 57-36-32, and an explanation of how the tax has been, or is to
be, paid with respect to the delivery sale.
51-32-05. Registration and reporting requirements.
1. Before making a delivery sale or shipping cigarettes in connection with a sale, a
person shall file with the tax commissioner a statement setting forth the person's
name, trade name, and the address of the person's principal place of business and
any other place of business.
2. Not later than the tenth day of each month, each person that has made a delivery sale
or shipped or delivered cigarettes in connection with any sale during the previous
calendar month shall file with the tax commissioner a memorandum or a copy of the
invoice, which provides for each delivery sale:
a. The name and address of the individual to whom the delivery sale was made;
b. The brand of the cigarettes that were sold in the delivery sale; and
c. The quantity of cigarettes that were sold in the delivery sale.
Each person accepting a purchase order for a delivery sale of any tobacco product shall
remit to the tax commissioner any taxes due under chapter 57-36 with respect to the delivery
sale. This section does not apply if the person has obtained proof, in the form of the presence of
applicable tax stamps or otherwise, that the taxes already have been paid to this state.
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1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person that violates this chapter is
subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars. In the case of a second or
subsequent violation of this chapter, the person is subject to a fine of not less than one
thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars.
2. Any person who knowingly violates any provision of this chapter is guilty of a class C
3. Any individual who knowingly and falsely submits a certification under paragraph 1 of
subdivision e of subsection 1 of section 51-32-01 in another individual's name is guilty
of a noncriminal offense and is subject to the penalty provided under subsection 1.
4. Any person that fails to pay any tax required in connection with a delivery sale shall
pay, in addition to any other penalty, a penalty of fifty percent of the tax due but unpaid.
5. Any cigarettes sold or attempted to be sold in a delivery sale that does not meet the
requirements of this chapter are forfeited to the state and must be destroyed.
The attorney general or any person who holds a permit under 26 U.S.C. 5712 may bring an
action in the appropriate court in the state to prevent or restrain a violation of this chapter by any
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Title 51 Sales and Exchanges
Chapter 51-32 Remote Sales of Tobacco Products
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