How to get your license: Wrecker

Who needs a license?

You must have a wrecker license if your business buys or sells:

  • Wrecked titled or registered motor vehicles for the purpose of dismantling them.
  • Second-hand motor vehicle parts.

License plate requirements

You’ll need a wrecker license plate for each vehicle used to conduct business.

Zoning Requirements

Inspection requirements:

  • 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 sign the certification in section G of the Transport/Disposal Addendum found below.

You can find guidance regarding zoning requirements in these publications from the Department of Ecology:

Forms you’ll need

How to apply

Mail all the application materials listed above with a check or money order for the fees (payable to the Department of Revenue) to:

State of Washington
Business Licensing Service
PO Box 9034
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Please let us know, in writing, if you have a change of address so we can reach you with information about your license.

Use our Salvage Processor/Motor Vehicle Wrecker Checklist and Salvage Processor/Motor Vehicle Wrecker Flow Chart to make sure you’ve included everything in your application.

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