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Assumed names: Real estate firms

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Who needs a license?

If your firm uses assumed names, you must have an assumed name license for each location in addition to your firm license.


An assumed name for a real estate firm must:

  • Be authorized by the designated broker
  • Have the same Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number as the firm
  • Be different than assumed names used by other licensed real estate firms
  • Not imply the firm is a public agency or a government, nonprofit, or research organization

How to apply for a license

  1. Check to see if the name you want is available before submitting your application:
    • Obtain assumed name approval from Real Estate Regulatory. The request must be submitted by the person who is endorsed as the Designated Broker of the firm. Send a brief cover letter with your name, contact information and desired assumed name by fax to 360.570.4982 or email to reregulatory@dol.wa.gov. You will receive notification within a minimum of 5-7 business days.
  2. Complete the Real Estate Firm Assumed Name Application, following the instructions on the form.
  3. 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

How to renew

Assumed name licenses expire and are renewed with your firm license.

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