WA State Licensing: Unemployment insurance

Unemployment insurance

Unemployment Insurance coverage is required if you employ 1 or more persons.

Covering corporate officers

Officers of for-profit corporations who provide services in Washington are automatically exempt from unemployment insurance unless the employer specifically requests to cover them. If you want to cover your corporate officers, you must submit a Voluntary Election Form to the Employment Security Department.

Post your license

You may not begin this business activity until you receive a Business License listing the required license.

How to get unemployment insurance

File online with My DOR

My DOR works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.


  1. Login using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID. If you don't have a user ID or aren't sure, see if you have an account first before signing up.
  2. Click Getting Started on the Business Licensing and Tax service.
  3. Follow the steps below based on your business status.

    If you do not have an existing business

    1. Click File New Business License Application. Be sure to select the endorsements for which you wish to apply.

If you have an existing business

    1. If you haven't already, add access to your business. You'll need a UBI number and a letter ID.
    2. Click on the business you want to apply for a license/endorsement under, then click on the location.
    3. Click File New Business License Application.

You can pay using an E-check or a major credit card (gift cards can't be used).

Find more help for using My DOR, including video tutorials.

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

In person

  1. Complete the Business License Application.
  2. Bring your completed application and fees to any business licensing office.


Specialty license Fees
Unemployment insurance No fee
Other fees that may apply Fees
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

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

Employment Security Department
Phone: 1-855-829-9243

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