How Do You Renew Your Business License in Washington?

How Do You Renew Your Business License in Washington?

It is possible to renew a business license in Washington by visiting the State of Washington Business Licensing Service, either in person or online. Renewing online requires visiting the BLS website at

According to the BLS, you can renew online and pay using an E-check, or credit card. It is necessary to have the original renewal notice with the company’s UB number and the password. BLS states that users must access the online system using IE6.0 and above, Mozilla FireFox or Safari.

There are limitations to the online application, claims the BLS. If you did not receive a password on your notice renewal or your name has changed since your last renewal, if you have a suspended or revoked license, or if your license has been expired for an extended period, it is not possible to renew the business license online.

To renew by mail, BLS states that you must send the license renewal form to the following address: State of Washington, Business Licensing Service, P.O. Box 9034, Olympia, WA 98507-9034. It takes up to 14 working days to receive the license, as of 2015. If applying online print the confirmation copy and keep it.

For those licenses not handled by the BLS, such as licenses for doctors or contractors, it is necessary to contact the regulatory agency printed on your existing license.