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.

Additional information/documents are required for sellers of cold, allergy, and cough medicines.

Please note, a registered shopkeeper may sell from vending machines over-the-counter medications that have no sales restrictions. However, medications that are subject to any restriction on their sale e.g. age, quantity, or sales transaction tracking requirement, are not to be sold from a vending machine. 


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.


How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options: