Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Washington.
Washington LLC Costs:
Washington LLC state filing fee: $200
Washington LLC annual report fee: $60
Changes to Washington LLC Annual Report filings
Effective January 1st 2018, Washington LLC Annual Reports are no longer being filed with the Business Licensing Service (BLS) Division.
Instead, Washington LLC Annual Reports now must be filed with the Secretary of State.
More specifically, within the subdivision called the Corporations & Charities Filing Division.
(Annual Reports used to be called “Annual Renewals” by the BLS, but now they are just referred to as Annual Reports. And this isn’t to be confused with business license endorsement annual renewals.)
The Secretary of State created a new online filing system (abbreviated CCFS) in 2017 in order to process and handle LLC Annual Reports (in addition to new Washington LLC formations).
Important: All Washington State LLCs must file an Annual Report each year to remain in good standing. Furthermore, the Annual Report must be filed in order to avoid being administratively dissolved by the Secretary of State.
For step-by-step instructions on how to file a Washington LLC Annual Report, please see this lesson: Washington LLC Annual Report.
Annual Report fees have changed:
The Washington LLC Annual Report fees have been reduced because of this change.
Old LLC Annual Report Fee with Business Licensing Services:
$71 per year
New LLC Annual Report Fee with the Secretary of State:
$60 per year
Due date hasn’t changed:
After filing your Washington LLC Initial Report (due within 120 days of the LLC being formed), your ongoing LLC Annual Reports are due by the last day of your LLC’s anniversary month.
Your LLC’s anniversary month is the month that your LLC was approved.
You can find this date in the upper-right hand corner of your stamped and approved Certificate of Formation. You can also find this date by searching your LLC on the state’s advanced business search page. Look for the “formation/registration date”.
For example: If your Washington LLC was approved on June 15th 2022, your first Annual Report will be due by June 30th of 2023. Then every year going forward it will be due by June 30th.
Reminder Notices have “sort of” changed:
The Annual Report Reminder Notices are still mailed to the LLC Registered Agent’s address, however they now come from the Secretary of State (SOS) instead of Business Licensing Services (BLS).
The Washington Secretary of State will also send you email reminders if you created an online account with CCFS.
The Secretary of State sends these Reminder Notices about 45 days before the due date.
Note: Even if you don’t receive the Annual Report reminder for your Washington LLC, it is still your responsibility to file your Annual Report on time. If you don’t, there are penalties and you risk your LLC being shut down.
Penalties haven’t changed:
Once your Washington LLC Annual Report is one day late, the state adds a $25 penalty.
The total will now be $85 instead of $60, and you now have 90 days to file your Annual Report.
If you don’t file the Annual Report within 90 days, the Secretary of State will administratively dissolve your LLC.
Said another way, they will shut it down.
Washington Secretary of State Contact Info
If you have any questions, you can contact the Washington Secretary of State at 360-725-0377. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm Pacific Time.