WA State Licensing: File a Business License Application

Apply for a state business license

alertLocated out-of-state? Find out if you need to register.

Opening a business? Making changes to an existing business? You'll probably need to file a Business License Application.

When to file an application


If your business structure will be one of the following, you must file with the Washington Secretary of State before filing the Business License Application:

  • Washington (Domestic) Corporation
  • Washington (Domestic) Partnership
  • Washington (Domestic) Liability Company
  • Washington (Domestic) Limited Liability Partnership


Apply online- Processed within 10 business days

    1. Log in to My DOR. If you don’t have a user ID, click Sign up.
    2. After you log in, click Get Started next to Business Licensing.
    3. Click File New Business License Application in the I want to ...menu. Follow the prompts to complete your application.

    You can pay using an E-check (no fee) or a major credit card (2.5 percent processing fee).

    Learn more about using My DOR.


Apply by mail - Processed within six weeks