Branch offices: Real estate firms

Who needs a license?

If your firm operates branch offices, you must have an branch office license for each location in addition to your firm license.


A branch office for a real estate firm must:

  • Be authorized by the designated broker.
  • Have the same Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number as the firm.
  • Be established under the name of the firm.
  • Have a managing broker licensed for the branch office who is endorsed as a branch manager.

How to apply for a license

  1. Complete the Real Estate Branch Office License Application, following the instructions on the form.
  2. 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
    • In person at our Olympia office (2000 4th Ave W).

How to renew

Branch office licenses expire 2 years after their issue date.

  • 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. You will get your license in the mail.
  • 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.
  • Renew in person, by submitting your renewal at:
    Department of Licensing
    2000 4th Ave W
    Olympia, WA 98502
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