How to get your license: Registered tow truck operator branch

Due to facility issues, this licensing program has limited operations. There may be delays in responding to requests. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’re working toward resuming all business operations as soon as possible.

The applicant/licensee must comply with all applicable laws and rules, even if not covered below.

Who needs a license?

Any registered tow truck operator business that operates additional vehicle storage/impound areas located away from the main business location.

  • Tow trucks are registered only at the main location
  • You must submit a separate application for each branch site location

Before you apply

  1. Ensure the branch location address is included on the certificate of insurance
  2. Complete section A of the Vehicle Transport/Disposal Branch Site Addendum
  3. Take the form to your local zoning authority and have them complete and sign their part of section B of the form
  4. Contact the Washington State Patrol (or the local Chief of Police if you are located in a city with more than 5,000 people) for an inspection of your business site before submitting your application. The inspecting official must complete and sign their part of section B of the form.

How to apply

Apply online with the Department of Revenue

What you’ll need

  • Vehicle Transport/Disposal Branch Site Addendum for each branch site location, ready for upload
  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit/debit card (transaction fee charged) or bank account information for E–check to pay:
    • Applicable BLS fees
    • There is no fee for the branch license

Want to apply by mail?

  1. Complete or obtain the following:
  2. Mail the completed forms and supporting documents with a check/money order payable to the Department of Revenue for the BLS fees and the motor vehicle salvage processor license and plate fees to:
    State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507–9034

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