WA State Licensing: 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 us to search vehicle registration information.
  • On the 10th of each month, you must report to us all the vehicles acquired in the previous month.

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:


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