Renew or update your license: Vehicle and boat dealers

Find out how to renew or update a vehicle and boat dealer license.

Things to know

  • Since July 1, 2017, we stopped issuing new wholesale dealer licenses. See HB 1722.
  • Since July 1, 2018, wholesale vehicle dealer licenses issued prior to June 30, 2012 qualify for renewal. See HB 2808.
  • The applicant/licensee must comply with all applicable laws and rules, even if not covered below.

How to renew

Gather the necessary documents

  • If necessary, supporting documents listed below ready for upload
  • MasterCard, Visa, or American Express credit/debit card (transaction fee charged) or bank account information for E-check to pay:
    • BLS renewal fee
    • License and plate renewal fees for your license type

Renew your license online

Renew online with the Department of Revenue

Renew your license by mail

Follow the instructions on your renewal letter. If you did not receive a renewal letter, contact the Business Licensing Service at 360-705-6741 and have your Unified Business Identification (UBI) number ready.

Supporting document for your renewal

Used vehicle dealers are required to have a Certificate of Dealer Education showing you've completed at least 5 hours of approved training.

To get your education certificate, contact one of the following education providers:

Washington State Independent Automobile Dealers Association 
707 Auburn Way South
Auburn, WA 98002
Phone: 253-735-0267 or 800-877-3577

Independent Dealers Education Association 
5812 N Vista Lane
Spokane, WA 99212
Phone: 509-220-5530

Need additional help? Here's how to contact us:

call Phone: 360-705-6741
(TTY: Call 711)
fax Fax: 360-705-6699
mail Email:
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