File a Business License Application
The Business License Application is a simplified form used to apply for many state licenses, registrations, and permits. It’s also used to apply for some city licenses.
Who should file, and when?
You must file a Business License Application when you first start your business, or when you change or update your business. You’ll need to file (or re-file) if you want to:
How to file
Online - The fastest way to file!
Online applications are typically processed within two business days. It may take up to 21 days if you file by mail.
- Complete a Business License Application online. (Must have IE 6.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari. Google Chrome is not supported at this time.)
- Pay with E-check or a MasterCard, Visa, or American Express credit or debit card (gift cards cannot be used).
For certain activities, you should file a paper application.
- Complete the Business License Application and any supplemental forms that apply to your business. To find out which supplemental forms you’ll need, see the Business Licensing Guide.
- Mail your completed application, supplemental forms, and a check or money order payable to “Department of Revenue” for the fees to:
State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034
Visit our business licensing office.