Washington LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 23, 2022

LLCs formed in Washington need to file this report with the Washington Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this report.

File report online

Visit the official state government’s website to submit annual report online.

Visit Washington official website
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What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Why file the report?

Washington LLC Annual Report

An annual report is used to keep an LLC’s contact information up-to-date and to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state of Washington.

Filed every year

Each and every LLCs formed in Washington must file this report every year.

Update your business information

The annual report is primarily used to update business data such as the business purpose, Registered agent address and Names and addresses of LLC officials (i.e., members, managers, directors, or officers). However, Registered agent changes require a consent from the new registered agent.

File Online or via mail

Annual report can be filed either online or by mail.

Change in Business Address

You can also change your principal office address by updating it on the annual report when it is due.

Washington actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Washington:

How to file Annual Report in Washington?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every Washington LLC is required to file an annual report each year. Your Washington LLC Annual Report is due annually by the end of your LLC’s anniversary month.



Head over to Washington's official website to file this report.

Filing fee


The Annual report must be postmarked, complete and compliant, before the end of your LLC’s anniversary month to avoid late fees.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Washington to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Washington LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Washington Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to Washington Secretary of State



Corporations and Charities Division

P.O. Box 40234

Olympia, WA 98504

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mail processing time

10-12 days

Failure to pay

The state charges a $25 penalty for failure to file on time. In addition, LLCs may be dissolved for failing to file an annual report.


An initial report is due within 120 days of forming an LLC. After that it is due annually by the end of the registration anniversary month. So if you incorporated or foreign-qualified on March 4, then your annual report is due every year by March 31. You can start filing 45 days prior.

Certificate of Formation

In Washington, Certificate of Formation is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Certificate of Formation

There are a couple of ways to file

  • File it online on State of Washington website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Secretary of State

Corporations Division

P.O. Box 40234

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mail processing time

5 - 7 days


When you are filing online, the Initial Report is included at no extra cost. However if you choose to file it later (within 120 days), you'll have to pay $10 by mail or $30 online.

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Washington. Washington maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Washington corporations search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Washington corporations division. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

180 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," the words "Limited Liability" and abbreviation "Co.," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC"

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

LLC Annual Report in Washington

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Washington. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Washington.

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