Assumed names: Real estate firms

Things to know

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Who needs a license?

If your firm uses assumed names, you must have an assumed name license for each location in addition to your firm license.


An assumed name for a real estate firm must:

  • Be authorized by the designated broker.
  • Have the same Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number as the firm.
  • Be different than assumed names used by other licensed real estate firms.
  • Not imply the firm is a public agency or a government, nonprofit, or research organization.

How to apply for a license

  1. Check to see if the name you want is available before submitting your application:
    • Obtain assumed name approval from Real Estate Regulatory. The request must be submitted by the person who is endorsed as the Designated Broker of the firm. Send a brief cover letter with your name, contact information and desired assumed name by fax to 360.570.4982 or email to You will receive notification within a minimum of 5-7 business days.
  2. Complete the Real Estate Firm Assumed Name Application, following the instructions on the form.
  3. Submit your completed application with a check or money order for the fees (payable to the Department of Licensing):
    • By mail to:
      Real Estate Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 3917
      Seattle, WA 98124-3917

How to renew

Assumed name licenses expire when the firm license expires.

  • Renew online, and pay with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit or debit card.
    • Enter the password on your renewal notice and your firm’s information.
    • When you’ve finished renewing online, print the final confirmation screen for your records.
  • Renew by mail, by sending your renewal notice and a check or money order for the fees to the location shown on the renewal notice.

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