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Washington LLC Fees and Filing Requirements

Some types of businesses have different requirements in Washington, including related fees and costs. Your WA LLC needs to pay various fees to the federal government, Washington government and other agencies. Some of these fees are levied by the Washington Secretary of State or statewide organizations, while others come from the federal government. On this page, we’ve summarized the most common fees and requirements.

Note that Washington business licenses and permits might need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.

Washington LLC Incorporation Filing and Fees

To create your business in Washington, you’ll file an LLC with the Secretary of State and pay an associated LLC formation fee. Every state has different LLC filing fees and filing times. Here is the current information for Washington:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$200 15 Business Days 5 Business Days

When you incorporate through Incfile, we forward this fee to the Washington Secretary of State on your behalf when we file your paperwork.

Some states allow you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee. You can compare state filing times and fees here, including expedited fees for Washington.

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Getting an Employer Identification Number

Every Washington LLC should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). These are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use them when filing taxes, opening a business bank account and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS or have Incfile obtain one on your behalf.

Get an EIN for your Washington LLC through Incfile

Certificate of Authority to Operate Outside Washington

If you’re expanding your Washington LLC beyond the borders of the state, you will need a Foreign Qualification or Certificate of Authority to operate in another state. These are typically necessary if you have a physical presence, employees or banking in a different state than Washington. Fees and requirements for foreign qualifications depend on each state’s rules. Incfile provides a complete Foreign Qualification service for any state.

Get a Foreign Qualification/Certificate of Authority through Incfile

Annual Reporting and Fees in Washington State

Most states, including Washington, need you to file an annual report with the Secretary of State. When you file your LLC annual report, you will need to pay a fee. Here are the annual filing requirements for Washington:

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: Last day of anniversary month of organization or qualification.

Filing Fee: $60

Learn about your ongoing Washington LLC filing requirements and business filing deadlines with our helpful Washington ongoing filing lookup tool.

Incfile can also complete and file your Washington annual report on your behalf.

Incfile’s Washington Annual Report filing service

Washington State Business Licenses and Permits

Your Washington LLC may need certain licenses and permits to comply with specific requirements. These business permits and licenses might be issued by Washington, regional or federal organizations. Some associated fees only need to be paid once, while others have ongoing charges.

Permits and licenses vary based on:

  • The industry your LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
  • The location of your LLC (state, county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Spokane)
  • The type of business that you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research Package, which includes:

A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your Washington LLC will need The application forms you will need to file with the Washington, regional and federal licensing authorities

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, Washington and local governments.

Incfile’s Washington Business License Research Package

An Operating Agreement

An Operating Agreement is a business document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.

An Operating Agreement is extremely useful for several reasons (learn about them here). If you’re interested in having your Operating Agreement created for you, Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you choose to form your Washington business. You can choose to make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Ad Hoc Fees or Requirements

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your Washington LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.

To Obtain a Fictitious/DBA Name for Your Washington LLC

If you want your WA business to trade under a different name, you can file a form with the Washington Secretary of State. You will need to pay a filing fee. Incfile can file this form on your behalf.

Incfile’s Washington Fictitious Name service

To Change the Washington Registered Agent

Your Washington LLC needs a Registered Agent, which must be appointed when you first incorporate your LLC. You can also switch to a new Registered Agent later. Incfile provides a complete Washington Registered Agent service.

Incfile’s Washington Registered Agent service

To Reserve a Name

If you don’t want to form your business right away, you can reserve a name with the Washington Secretary of State. You will need to pay a small fee to do this.

To Amend Certain Facts About Your Washington LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Washington business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts might change — if they do, you need to file “Articles of Amendment” with the Washington Secretary of State. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

Areas you might want to file Articles of Amendment for include:

  • Adding, removing or changing an LLC member or manager
  • Changing the business address of your LLC
  • Altering the stated business activities of your Washington LLC

Incfile’s Washington Articles of Amendment service

To Get a Certificate of Good Standing

Some organizations will request that you prove your Washington LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you will need a “Certificate of Good Standing” from the Washington Secretary of State. Incfile can obtain a certificate on your behalf.

Incfile’s Washington Certificate of Good Standing service

The fees listed above detail all the charges that a standard WA LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.

Of course, your Washington LLC will also probably need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes, but we will cover that when we talk about taxes for LLCs.

FAQs About Washington LLC Requirements

What Happens to the State Fees That I Am Charged When Forming My Washington LLC?

We charge you for this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Secretary of State on your behalf when forming your Washington business.

Do I Need to Pay an Annual Report Fee Every Year?

Yes. Most states, including Washington, require you to file a report for your LLC every year. You can find out more on the compliance page for your state.

Who Will I Get Business Licenses and Permits from for My Washington LLC?

It depends on various factors including:

  • The type of business you run
  • Where you are located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Federal, state and local regulations

That’s why our Business License Research Package is so useful. It explores all of these areas for you and provides a comprehensive overview of exactly what your Washington LLC needs to be compliant.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Washington?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$200 15 Business Days 5 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: Last day of anniversary month of organization or qualification.

Filing Fee: $60

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