WA State Licensing: 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.

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 Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission's business office at (360) 236-4834.

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


Complete a Business License Application online and pay with 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.

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


Specialty license Fee
Shopkeeper License $40 per location
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Regulatory questions:

Department of Health
Phone: (360) 236-4700