WA State Licensing: Vehicle sub-agency

Vehicle sub-agency

You must have a motor vehicle sub-agency license for each additional business location after the first, primary motor vehicle dealer business has been licensed.

Business site requirements

Your business site must:

  • Comply with all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land-use ordinances. For more information, please contact your city or county directly.
  • Be located at a commercial property with an enclosed building.
  • Have a permanent sign with the business name and the type of business (such as Auto Sales).
  • Have an operating telecommunications system and a phone number listed in directory assistance.
  • Be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., five days per week. These hours are referred to as “normal business hours.” Additional hours and days of operation may be added at your discretion. You must prominently post the hours of operation at the main entrance doors.
  • Have an area to maintain books, records, and files at the business site. If two or more vehicle dealer businesses share a location, all records, office facilities, and inventory must be physically separated and clearly identified.

Licensing requirements

To get a license, you must have all of the following:

  1. $30,000 bond. Bonds are available through many insurance companies. We recommend you research the cost of your bond before you apply for a license.
  2. Copy of your property tax statement, or the rental/lease agreement for the business site, as proof of ownership. The rental/lease agreement must be valid for at least one year.
  3. The following completed forms:

How to apply

Mail all of the application materials listed above with the appropriate fee to:

  • State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Note: Please let us know, in writing, if you have a change of address so we can reach you with information about your license.


Licensing fees Fee
Motor vehicle dealer license $975
Motor vehicle sub-agency license $100
Motor vehicle wholesaler license $975
Manufactured home/travel trailer dealer license $975
Manufactured home/travel trailer sub-agency license $100
Off-road vehicle dealer license $25
Snowmobile dealer license $25
Vessel dealer license $120
Miscellaneous vehicle dealer license $975
Miscellaneous vehicle sub-agency license $100
Plate, decal, and certificate fees Fee
Dealer plate—motor vehicles, manufactured homes, travel trailers, and miscellaneous vehicles $43 each
Dealer plate—off-road vehicles and snowmobiles $3 each
First vessel dealer decal and certificate $40
Additional vessel dealer decals and certificates $20 each
Other fees that may apply Fee
State tax registration No fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application fee $19 (non-refundable)

Temporary permits

To obtain Temporary Vehicle Dealer Sub-agency permits, contact Dealer Services at 360-664-6466.

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

Department of Licensing
Phone: 360-664-6466