WA State Licensing: Business License Application

Business License Application

You may use the Business License Application to:

  • Open or reopen a business.
  • Add a license to an existing business location.
  • Open a new business location.
  • Change a business location.
  • Apply for a Washington State Unified Business Identifier (UBI) Number or Tax Registration Number.
  • Register a trade name.
  • Change a trade name.
  • Change business ownership.
  • Hire employees.
  • Get a Minor Work Permit.
  • Get some city and state licenses.
  • Hire people to work in or around your home.


You may submit a Business License Application online and pay with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Note: The credit/debit card option is provided to you by a private, non-state vendor that will impose a 2.5% convenience fee for the service.

Apply online.


Paper form

To submit a Business License Application using the paper form:

  1. Fill out the Business License Application completely and print it on white paper.
  2. Sign and date the application where indicated.
  3. Complete any supplemental forms that apply to your business. To find out which supplemental forms you will need, see the Business Licensing Wizard.
  4. Enclose a check made payable to “Department of Revenue” for the total amount due, including the $19 non-refundable processing fee. For more information about fees, see the Adobe PDF iconLicense Fee Sheet.
  5. Take your application, supplemental forms, and fees to any business licensing office or mail them to:
    State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507-9034

arrow Open the Adobe PDF iconBusiness License Application form.



For more information about submitting a Business License Application, see Frequently asked questions: Business license.

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