WA State Licensing: Wrecker

Wrecker

A Wrecker endorsement is required if your business buys or sells:

  • wrecked titled or registered motor vehicles for the purpose of dismantling them.
  • second-hand motor vehicle parts.

License plate requirements

You will need a wrecker license plate for each vehicle used to conduct business.

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 endorsement(s).

After you get your license

  • You'll need a contract with the Department of Licensing to search vehicle registration information.
  • On the 10th of each month, you must report to the Department of Licensing all the vehicles acquired in the previous month.

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:

  • 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 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.


 

Fees

Specialty endorsement Fee
Vehicle Wrecker $25
First Vehicle Wrecker license plate $5 each
Additional Vehicle Wrecker license plates $2 each
Wrecker Branch No Fee
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as trade name $5
Business License Application $19 (non-refundable)

Regulatory questions

Department of Licensing
Dealers Division
Phone: 360-664-6466