WA State Licensing: File a Business License Application

Apply for a state business license

alertLocated out-of-state? Find out if you need to register.

Opening a business? Making changes to an existing business? You'll probably need to file a Business License Application.

When to file an application


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


File online with My DOR.

Applications are processed within 10 business days.

You can pay by E-check (no additional fee) or with an American Express, Discover, Master Card, or Visa credit card (there is a third-party processing fee of 2.5%).

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Apply by mail - Processed within six weeks