WA State Licensing: Employment agencies

Employment agencies

An Employment Agency License is required for any business that helps people obtain employment where the job seeker pays for the service must have an employment agency license. This includes businesses that provide verbal or written lists of available employment positions.

The general manager of the employment agency must also pass an examination and get a professional license.

Are there any exceptions?

The following types of organizations are not required to have an employment agency license:

  • Temporary employment services
  • Labor unions
  • Nonprofit schools and colleges
  • Career guidance and counseling centers
  • Theatrical agencies
  • Farm labor contractors

Post your license

A license must be posted at each location where the licensee operates. You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License listing the required license.

How to apply

To get an Employment Agency License:

Complete the following forms:

Mail your completed application with a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Fees

Specialty license Fee
Main office licensing fee $783
Branch office licensing fee $540
General Manager exam fee $150
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Contact information

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Phone: 1-800-451-7985
Email: BLS@dor.wa.gov
Fax: 360-705-6699

Office hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing information

Please remember to enclose all necessary documents and fees with your completed application. Incomplete submissions will result in a delay in your licensure.

It is important that you contact our office, in writing, with any changes in address.

Regulatory questions

Department of Licensing
Employment Agency Licensing Program
Phone: 360-664-1421