How do you renew your business license in the state of Washington?


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Renew a business licence in the state of Washington by visiting the online business licence renewal section of WA.gov, providing your business identification number and password in the appropriate fields and paying any applicable renewal fee, as of 2015. Alternately, mail in a paper renewal form to the Business Licensing Service department in Olympia, Washington.

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Washington state maintains a number of specialty business licenses that require annual renewal, covering businesses that deal in the sale of goods such as seeds, marijuana, fertilizer or scrap metal. The Business Licensing Service's page on WA.gov includes a list of all specialty licences that require such renewal along with a schedule of the fees that come with the process, which may vary depending on factors specific to that type of industry. All business owner's typically receive a renewal notice in the mail before the licence expires that includes the business identification number, expiration date and details about the available renewal processes.

Online renewal notices include a special password for use in the online renewal process, which requires paying the fee through a credit card, debit card or online bank account withdrawal. If the Business Licensing Service revokes your licence, you change your name or the license is long overdue for renewal, you may not be eligible for online renewal. In this case, the department includes a paper renewal form.

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