Please read this excerpt taken from the Michigan Petroleum Association/ Michigan Association of Convenience Stores February Newsletter regarding tobacco record keeping.
REMINDER: LAW ENFORCEMENT INSPECTING INVOICES, BILL OF
LADING REQUIREMENT FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The Michigan State Police and other local law enforcement continue to do routine inspections of convenience stores statewide asking for invoices or bills of lading for all tobacco products being offered for sale. Under state law “a retailer must keep records of all tobacco purchase orders, invoices, bills of lading and other written matter substantiating the purchase of each tobacco product at the location where the tobacco product is offered for sale for a period of 4 months from the date of purchase.” If you do not have the proper paperwork the products will be confiscated. We recommend you keep these 4 months of copies in an easily accessible location in each store. Many retailers place in a folder near the cash register.