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: 360-705-6741
Fax: 360-705-6699

Web: Home Name search
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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City of Issaquah Business License

More Information:

Washington Department of Revenue

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Kirkland General Business License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and City Addendum

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

For domestic entities:

  • $100 + $105 per employee. There is no fee if your reported gross annual income is less than $12,000.

For non-resident entities:

  • $0 if reported gross income is $2,000 or less
  • $50 if reported gross income is between $2,001 and $12,000
  • $100 + $105 per employee if reported gross income is above $12,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

For domestic entities:

  • $100 + $105 per employee. There is no fee if your reported gross annual income is less than $12,000.

For non-resident entities:

  • $0 if reported gross income is $2,000 or less
  • $50 if reported gross income is between $2,001 and $12,000
  • $100 + $105 per employee if reported gross income is above $12,000
Due:

Annually

Washington Business License

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

RCW § 19.02.070.

Ownership Requirements:

If your business structure will be one of the following, you must file with the Washington Secretary of State before filing the Business License Application:

  • Washington (Domestic) Corporation
  • Washington (Domestic) Partnership
  • Washington (Domestic) Liability Company
  • Washington (Domestic) Limited Liability Partnership
Notes:

You need a license if you meet 1 or more of the following criteria:

  • Your business grosses $12,000 or more per year.
  • You’re doing business using a name other than your full legal name.
  • You plan to hire employees within the next 90 days.
  • You sell a product or provide a service that is taxable.
  • Your business has specialty licenses available through the Business Licensing Service.

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

Fees vary. There is a $90 fee for opening a new business and a $19 for registering a trade name, adding additional endorsements to an existing location, or making similar changes to an existing license.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



General business licenses do not need to be renewed.

Washington Collection Agency Branch Endorsement

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

$5,000 surety bond for each location.

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Collection Agency Addendum

Agency Fee:

$19 business license fee + $550 endorsement fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$550

Due:

Annually by the date of initial issuance.

Washington Collection Agency Endorsement

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

$5,000 surety bond.

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application and Collection Agency Addendum

Agency Fee:

$19 business license fee + $850 endorsement fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$850

Due:

Annually by the date of initial issuance.

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

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Online

Agency Fee:

$19

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.

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.

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.

Washington Out-of-State Collection Agency Endorsement

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

$5,000 surety bond.

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.

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.

Washington Shopkeeper License

Agency:Washington Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55 per location.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$55 per location.

Due:

Annually

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.

Initial Registration

Form:

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

Agency Fee:

$19

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

Initial Registration
Trade Name

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.

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Registrations do not currently expire.

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