WA State Licensing: Shopkeeper

Shopkeeper

A Shopkeeper License is required for businesses (except licensed pharmacies) that sell any nonprescription drugs. These drugs must be in the original manufacturer’s packaging.

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

Online

By mail

  1. Complete a Business License Application.
  2. 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
Shopkeeper License $40 per location
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)

Sellers of cold and allergy medicine

State law requires retailers who sell over the counter cold and allergy medicine containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine to report their sales to the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). After you have registered your business by completing the Business License Application, please set up an account to report your sales of cold and allergy medicine by completing the NPLEx registration. If you have questions, contact the Board of Pharmacy office at (360) 236-4834.

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 Health
Phone: (360) 236-4700
WSBOP@doh.wa.gov