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Start a Business in Washington

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Starting a business in Washington doesn’t have to be a bureaucratic nightmare. You file simple forms with the secretary of state, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Washington, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Washington.

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Our Corporate Guides® are Washington incorporation experts. We will provide you:

  • Filed Washington Articles
  • Washington Corporate Bylaws
  • WA shareholder resolutions
  • WA corporate stock certificates

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We provide extra privacy for you with our address. You get ongoing support:

  • We’ll be your registered agent
  • WA corporate renewal reminders
  • Online corporate tools
  • Talk to a Corporate Guide® anytime

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How to Start a Business in Washington

File Your Articles

You file articles of incorporation for a Washington corporation or articles of organization for a Washington LLC with the WA Secretary of State.

Obtain a Federal Tax ID

You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Washington showing your approved Washington business.

Open a Bank Account

Opening a business banking account under your new Washington business name should be easy with these two items.

Get Your WA Master Business License

The Washington Master Business License will notify the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industries, and the Employment Security Department that you are doing business in Washington.

Apply for Licenses

Obtain a trade license, if you actually need one. (Most businesses don’t.) Obtain a local city or county license, if you need one.

To learn about licensing and other requirements for selling marijuana, visit our How to Start a Marijuana Business in Washington page.

Get Proper Zoning

If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.

Get Up and Running

If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.

Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer? You Can Save Some Money:

If you want to start a business in Washington yourself, you can just hire us as your Washington registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Washington LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a Washington corporation or form a Washington LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Washington registered agent service.


If you want a corporation, you file Washington Articles of Incorporation:

The Washington Articles of Incorporation cost $180 with the Washington Secretary of State. We custom draft your Washington articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your Washington business.

The basic requirements of Washington corporations are:

  • The Washington corporation must have a corporate ending such as incorporated, corporation or an abbreviation thereof.
  • The duration of the corporation.
  • The purpose of the Washington corporation is not actually listed in the articles.
  • The number of authorized shares.
  • The class of shares.
  • The name of the registered agent in Washington and the registered office address.
  • The name and address of the Washington incorporators.
  • Date of incorporation.
  • The Washington incorporator must sign the articles of incorporation.

Washington does not require original signatures on new WA corporation filings. Your filed articles will be sent to your Washington registered agent unless you specify a different address.

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If you want a LLC, you file Washington Articles of Organization:

To form a Washington LLC, you file Washington Articles of Organization and pay the $180 fee.

The basic requirements of Washington LLC filings are:

  • The business name must have a limited liability company ending or variation of it.
  • A New Washington LLCs name must be different than already registered Washington companies.
  • The duration of the Washington LLC.
  • The principal office address of the LLC.
  • The Washington registered agent, registered office address, and registered agent signature.
  • The names and addresses of the initial organizer.
  • If the limited liability company is to be managed by managers or members.
  • The Washington executor/organizer has to sign the articles.

Washington does not require original signatures on new WA LLC filings. Your proof of filing is sent to the Washington registered agent unless you specify another address.

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