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Washington Employment Security Department (ESD)

Washington SUI Tax & PFML Program

The Washington ESD administers both the SUI tax and PFML program.

Businesses in Washington are required to complete and file the state’s business license application. This application is used by the Washington ESD to issue an employer their SUI tax account number and their Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number for the state’s PFML program. Washington charges a fee to process a business license application.

The same business license application is used by the Washington ESD to register an employer for the Washington SUI Tax and PFML Program.

Ways to complete the business license application:


Note: Washington does not impose a state income tax 




This guide does not contain legal or tax advice. If legal or tax advice is required, an attorney, CPA or tax adviser should be consulted.