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Household Goods Carrier Permit

What is the Purpose of this Permit?
Any person who conducts operations as a household goods carrier in Washington intrastate commerce must have a permit from the commission. Transportation of household goods means the for-hire movement of household goods by motor vehicle over the public highways within the state of Washington. This includes advertising, providing estimates, arranging for receipt, delivery, storage-in-transit, handling, and providing any accessorial services in connection with that movement.
Who Issues this Permit?
Utilities and Transportation Commission
How Much Will this Permit Cost?
$550 Permanent application fee;
$250 Temporary, Transfer, and Reinstatement fee;
$50 Emergency;
$35 Name Change.
Where Can I Get the Application for this Permit?
The application which is called 'Household Goods Moving Company' is online and can be accessed at https://www.utc.wa.gov/regulatedIndustries/transportation/householdGoods/Pages/default.aspx.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
  • Must provide and maintain appropriate insurance (Form E and Form H).
  • Must provide a copy of a valid drivers license or government-issued photo identification.
  • 3 household goods statements of support
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
It takes 1.3 days to process a completed application. If the application is incomplete, it takes an average of 27.8 days. There is a mandatory 30 day waiting period based on RCW 81.80.075(2).
Where do I Submit my Application?
Click here to upload and e-File your application. Note your electronic filing confirmation number and fee amount.

Click here to pay online.
Notes / Comments:
There is a mandatory 30 day waiting period based on RCW 81.80.075(2).
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2018-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 28.3
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 127

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 1.8
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 28

(Summary results based on 55 submittals in 2020)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Helpdesk phone: 360-664-1222
Subject matter expert phone: 360-664-1222
Subject matter expert email: transportation@utc.wa.gov
Statewide Contact:
Utilities and Transportation Commission
621 Woodland Square Loop SE
PO Box 47250, Olympia WA 98504-7250
Lacey, WA 98503
Telephone: (360) 664-1160
Email: transportation@utc.wa.gov
Website: http://www.utc.wa.gov
* Permit information last updated 12/30/2020
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