How to Find Business Records in Washington State
Washington State Business Records
Searching for business records in Washington State is a fairly simple
process. Using this method, you can obtain a good amount of information
on a business. The Washington State website does not require you to pay,
nor even register, in order to search their business database and the
information they provide to you is absolutely free. The nine steps below
will take you through the complete process of searching for businesses
registered in Washington State via the Washington State Department of
Revenue website -- from opening up your website browser to getting vital
information about a particular business.
How to Search for Washington State Business Records
1. Begin your search by going to the Washing State website, located at
2. Once on the homepage, you will see a ‘List of Agencies and
Departments’ link underneath the header and the page tabs (directly
under the ‘Working - Employment’ and ‘Doing Business’ tabs).
3. After selecting this link, you will be taken to a page that lists
hundreds of agencies and departments within the Washington State
4. You will then need to select ‘R’ on the top alphabet menu (or just
scroll down the page until you reach the ‘R’ section).
5. This section will contain a list of links that begin with the letter
‘R’. The last link in this section will be a link to the Department of
Revenue portion of the site, listed as ‘Revenue, Department of’.
6. Clicking on this link will direct you to the Washington State
Department of Revenue website. Along the right side of this page, you
will see a login menu. Under this login menu will be three icons that
link to other pages on the Washington State Department of Revenue
website. You want to select the middle icon (three papers outlined in
purple), which is labeled ‘Business Records Database’.
7. From there, you will be taken to a form where you can search by two
different options. First, you can search by the business or owner name.
If you don’t know the whole or exact name, you can choose to search by
‘begins with’ or ‘contains’. You can also search only a specific city
using this selection, but that is optional. Secondly, you can search by
a UBI or tax registration number instead.
8. You will receive a list of businesses registered in the state of
Washington that match your search criteria. They will be listed with
their business name, the city they are located in, and their status
(open or closed).
9. If you want more information, simply click on the company’s name. you
will then be redirected to a page that shows you a summary of the
business. This summary will include: the company’s tax registration
number, their UBI number, their legal entity, any doing business as (DBA)
names, their mailing address, their business location, the owner type
(sole proprietor, corporation, partnership, LLC, etc), account opened
date, account closed date (if applicable), and their NAICS code.
Although this is the extent of the information you can find on the
website, it is still information that will tell you more about the
business and give you identifying stats that will possibly allow you to
search an additional resource -- in order to get a more in-depth look at
that particular business. If this is a small, unknown business that you
think you might purchase from, then your search should be rounded off
with a stop at the Better Business Bureau
http://www.bbb.org to make sure
that there are not any unanswered complaints listed against the company.
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