WA State Licensing: Vehicle manufacturers

Vehicles manufacturers

A Vehicle Manufacturer endorsement is required for businesses that:

  • Manufacture or assemble new vehicles.
  • Remanufacture used vehicles for transfer to dealerships in Washington for resale.
  • Vehicle factory branches, representatives, or distributors.


  • A bond in one of the following amounts:
    • $40,000 if you manufacture manufactured homes only.


    • $20,000 if you manufacture travel trailers (including fifth wheel trailers) only.

If you are only manufacturing other types of vehicles (e.g. cars or trucks), you do not need a vehicle manufacturer bond.

Bonds are available through many insurance companies. We recommend you research the cost of your bond before you apply for an endorsement.

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).

How to apply

Apply by using one of the following options:


Specialty endorsements Fee
Vehicle manufacturer $500
Manufacturer license plate $50.75 each, per year
Other fees that may apply Fee
Registering your business name as a trade name $5
Business License Application $19 (non-refundable)

Regulatory questions

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