How to get your license: Vessel dealer

Who needs a license?

You must have a separate Vessel Dealer license for each business location unless you sell human-powered watercraft that is:

  • Under 16 feet in length.
  • Unable to be powered by a motor or the wind.
  • and
  • Not designed for use on commonly-used navigable waters.

Business site requirements

Your business site must:

  • Comply with all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land-use ordinances. For more information, please contact your city or county directly.
  • Be located in an office in an enclosed building where you can conduct business and maintain records.
  • Have an exterior sign with the business name and the type of business, such as marine sales.

Licensing requirements

To get a license, you must have all of the following:

  1. A $5,000 surety bond for each business location.
    • If you sell 15 or fewer vessels per year with a retail value of no more than $2,000, you don’t need a surety bond.
  2. The following completed forms:
  3. Vehicle, Vessel, Vehicle Manufacturer, Registered Tow Truck Operator, or Wrecker Business Bond
  4. A separate Personal Criminal History Statement for each owner, partner, corporate officer, and member of the business.

How to apply

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

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

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

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