Business Registration in Washington

To start a business in Washington, you must register your business with the Washington Secretary of State. The type of business registration you need depends on the structure of your business.

There are three main types of business structures in Washington:

  • Sole proprietorship: A sole proprietorship is a business owned and operated one person. The owner is personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business.
  • Corporation: A corporation is a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The owners of a corporation are called shareholders and they are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the corporation.
  • Limited liability company (LLC): An LLC is a hybrid business structure that combines the benefits of a corporation and a sole proprietorship. The owners of an LLC are called members and they are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the LLC, but they are taxed as if they were sole proprietors.

To register your business, you will need to file a Certificate of Formation with the Washington Secretary of State. The filing fee is $25 for a sole proprietorship, $100 for a corporation, and $130 for an LLC.

You can file your Certificate of Formation online or mail. Once your Certificate of Formation is filed, you will be assigned a Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number. This number is used to identify your business with the state.

You may also need to obtain a business license from your city or county. The requirements for obtaining a business license vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

For more information on business registration in Washington, you can visit the Washington Secretary of State website.

Here are some of the benefits of registering your business in Washington:

  • Legal protection: Registering your business gives you legal protection from personal liability. This means that your personal assets are not at risk if your business fails or is sued.
  • Tax benefits: There are certain tax benefits that are available to businesses that are registered with the state.
  • Access to loans and grants: Many lenders and grant providers require businesses to be registered with the state before they will consider them for financing.
  • Professional credibility: Registering your business shows potential customers and clients that you are a legitimate business.

If you are starting a business in Washington, it is important to register your business with the state. This will protect you from personal liability, give you access to tax benefits, and help you build professional credibility.