WA State Licensing: File a Business License Application
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File a Business License Application

The Business License Application is a simplified form used to apply for many state licenses, registrations, and permits. It’s also used to apply for some city licenses.

Who should file, and when?

You must file a Business License Application when you first start your business, or when you change or update your business. You’ll need to file (or re-file) if you want to:

How to file

Online - The fastest way to file! (due to high volumes, we are currently processing applications within 10 business days.)


  1. Complete a Business License Application online using an E-check or a MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express credit or debit card (gift cards cannot be used). Note: The credit/debit card option is provided to you by a private, non-state vendor that will impose a 2.5% convenience fee for the service.
    • Mobile devices (tablets, smart phones, etc.) are not recommended.

For certain activities, you should file a paper application.

Paper

  1. Complete the Business License Application and any supplemental forms that apply to your business. To find out which supplemental forms you’ll need, see the Business Licensing Guide.
  2. Mail your completed application, supplemental forms, and a check or money order for applicable fees to the address on the form.