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How to get your license: Vessel dealer

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

Who needs a license?

Each business location that sells watercraft 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).

How to apply

Note: We issue this license, but it's processed by the Department of Revenue's Business Licensing Service (BLS). BLS prints it on the business license they provide. They refer to licenses issued by us as endorsements to the business license.

Apply online with the Department of Revenue

What you'll need

  • Supporting documents shown below, ready for upload.
  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit/debit card (transaction fee charged) or bank account information for E–check to pay:

Want to apply by mail?

  1. Complete or get 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 vessel dealer license and plate fees to:
    State of Washington
    Business Licensing Service
    PO Box 9034
    Olympia, WA 98507–9034

Supporting documents for your application

  • $5,000 bond - Provide Vehicle, Vessel Dealer Business Bond or form from bonding company.
    • Bonds are available through insurance companies.
    • The principal name must be exactly the same as both the business owner and business firm name.
    • Bond must be signed by the applicant and the attorney–in–fact for the bonding company.
    • If you sell 15 or fewer vessels per year with a retail value of no more than $2,000 each, you don't need a surety bond.
  • A separate Personal Criminal History Statement for each owner, officer, or member of the business.

Post your license

You must post a license at each location where you operate. You may not begin this business activity until you receive the required license.

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