This tutorial will go over the extremely simple process of reserving an entity name in the state of Washington. As there is currently no online filing option for name reservations, filers will need to submit a completed PDF through the mail to the Secretary of State office. The cost of filing in Washington is $30 for all business entities with exception to nonprofit corporations, who will pay $20. An additional $50 will need to be provided for an expedited filing. Once the filing has been accepted, the reservation will last for a total of 180 days, allowing filers a more than sufficient window in which to organize for registration.

It is wise to perform a name availability check before reservation (made possible with the Business Entity Search function) to double check that the name you’re trying to use hasn’t already been taken by another existing entity.

How to Reserve

Step 1- Begin by downloading the name reservation form.

Step 2- Once open in your PDF reader, enter the following information:

  • Name of entity to be reserved and two alternates
  • Type of entity
  • Name, address, and signature of applicant and client (if different from applicant)
  • Title held within company
  • Date of execution
  • Phone number of applicant


Step 3- With the form complete, print it off and provide your signature. You will then need to make a check out to the Secretary of State to cover the $30 or $20 filing fee. Send both items in the mail to the below address to be processed by the state authorities.

Secretary of State-Corporation Division

801 Capitol Way S PO Box 40234

Olympia WA 98504

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