Fuel licenses: Aircraft fuel

Things to know

By July 1, 2016, existing Fuel Tax customers must submit a new license and bond. This is due to new requirements going into effect from the Fuel Tax consolidation law signed in 2013.

Who needs a license?

You must have a license if you distribute jet fuel or aviation gasoline for sale.

How to get your license

  1. Complete a Fuel Tax Application.
  2. Notarize the legal history portion for each corporate officer/partner listed on the application.
  3. Get 2 fingerprint cards for each corporate officer/partner (limit of 3 sets). These are used for background checks.
  4. Include $50 for each background check conducted.
  5. Get a fuel tax bond for each type of fuel.
  6. Send your application, supporting documents and fees to:
    Prorate/Fuel Tax
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9228
    Olympia, WA 98507-9228

How to file your tax return

Complete an Jet Fuel Tax Return or Aviation Gasoline Tax Return and:

  • If you’re including a payment, mail your completed return and a check to:
    Prorate and Fuel Tax
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3777
    Seattle, WA 98124-3777
  • If you’re sending only your return (without a payment), mail or fax it to:
    • Mail:
      Fuel Tax Section
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9228
      Olympia, WA 98507-9228
    • Fax: 360.570.7842

For more information about completing your return, see Aircraft Fuel Distributor Jet Fuel and Aviation Gas Tax Return Instructions.

Aircraft fuel tax rate

Type of fuel Tax rate
Aircraft fuel $.11 per gallon

Due dates

Tax payments must be received by the Washington State Treasurer on or before the following dates:

2016 due dates

Reporting period Tax return and EFT payment due*
January February 25, 2016
February March 25, 2016
March April 25, 2016
April May 25, 2016
May June 24, 2016
June July 25, 2016
July August 25, 2016
August September 23, 2016
September October 23, 2016
October November 25, 2016
November December 23, 2016
December January 25, 2017

*If your payment is received after the due date, you’ll be charged a penalty. If your payment is received after the 1st of the following month, interest will accrue.

Payment options

  • If you owe $50,000 or more, pay only by electronic funds transfer (EFT).
  • If you owe less than $50,000, pay by check, money order, or electronic funds transfer.

Contact your bank to complete EFTs. Submit a separate transmittal for each tax type and use these tax codes:

Type of tax Code
Aircraft Aviation Distributor DA
Aircraft Jet Distributor DJ

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