Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service


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Contact Information

Mailing address:
State of Washington Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Fax: 360-705-6699

Web: Home
Email: bls@dor.wa.gov

Licenses

We track the following licenses with the Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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Washington Collection Agency Branch Endorsement

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Bond Requirements:

$5,000 surety bond for each location.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Collection Agency Addendum

Agency Fee:

$19 business license fee + $550 endorsement fee.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$550

Due:

Annually by the date of initial issuance.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Washington Collection Agency Endorsement

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Bond Requirements:

$5,000 surety bond.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Collection Agency Addendum

Agency Fee:

$19 business license fee + $850 endorsement fee.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$850

Due:

Annually by the date of initial issuance.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Companies acting as employment agencies in Washington must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Washington Employment Agency License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Fact Checked:5/13/20

Initial Registration

This section applies to firms that are applying for a license in Washington for the first time.

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$19

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

This section applies to firms that are already licensed in Washington and need to renew their license.

Not required



Renewal Not Required

Not required



Washington Out-of-State Collection Agency Branch Endorsement

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Bond Requirements:

$5,000 surety bond for each location.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Collection Agency Addendum

Agency Fee:

$19 business license fee + $275 endorsement fee.

Notes:

The endorsement fee for an out-of-state license is waived if the state where the collection agency (main or branch office) is located requires a license or registration but does not require a fee for similar out-of-state collection agencies.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$275

Due:

Annually by the date of initial issuance.

Notes:

The endorsement fee for an out-of-state license is waived if the state where the collection agency (main or branch office) is located requires a license or registration but does not require a fee for similar out-of-state collection agencies.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Washington Out-of-State Collection Agency Endorsement

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Bond Requirements:

$5,000 surety bond.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Collection Agency Addendum

Agency Fee:

$19 business license fee + $425 endorsement fee.

Notes:

The endorsement fee for an out-of-state license is waived if the state where the collection agency (main or branch office) is located requires a license or registration but does not require a fee for similar out-of-state collection agencies.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$425

Due:

Annually by the date of initial issuance.

Notes:

The endorsement fee for an out-of-state license is waived if the state where the collection agency (main or branch office) is located requires a license or registration but does not require a fee for similar out-of-state collection agencies.

Fact Checked:1/8/19

Washington Shopkeeper License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Fact Checked:4/3/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55 per location.

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$55 per location.

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:4/5/19

Washington Talent Agency License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Notes:

Washington does not have a separate talent agency license, but an employment agency license may be required.

Fact Checked:4/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

http://bls.dor.wa.gov/empagency.aspx

Agency Fee:

$19

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

Not required



Washington Trade Name Registration

Is registration mandatory?

Filing a trade name registration is required for any person or entity intending to conduct business under an assumed name.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?

Registration of a trade name does not offer name protection. The right to use belongs to the first to use the name in connection with their business.

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Law:

WA Code § 19.80.010

Fact Checked:8/17/18

Initial Registration
Trade Name or DBA

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$24

Is registration mandatory?:

Filing a trade name registration is required for any person or entity intending to conduct business under an assumed name.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Registration of a trade name does not offer name protection. The right to use belongs to the first to use the name in connection with their business.

Notes:
  • Publication of registration is not required in Washington.
Fact Checked:3/17/17

Registration Renewal
Trade Name or DBA

Not required



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