Get a workers' compensation account

If you are hiring employees, you must get a workers' compensation account by applying for or updating your state business license.

  1. If you:
    • Don’t have a state business license: Apply for one.
    • Have a state business license: Update your business information to indicate you are hiring employees.
  2. We will receive your application within 1 week and it will be assigned to an account manager. Your account manager will contact you to:
    • Ensure we classify your business correctly the first time.
    • Get your initial questions answered right away.
    • Provide a lasting point of contact for your business.
  3. Your account manager will set up your policy. We will send a letter explaining your account, rate notice and certificate of coverage, as well as workplace posters, to the mailing address you listed on your application.

Learn more about your quarterly filing options.

After you set up your account

There’s more you need to do. You can:

Owner/officer & Exempt employments coverage

Owner coverage

Owner coverage is available for sole proprietors, partners, limited liability partners, excluded corporate officers, and excluded members of limited liability companies.

To elect coverage for owners:

  1. Follow the steps on the previous tab to get a workers’ compensation account.
  2. Make sure your account is in good standing if you already have an account.
  3. Complete the Application for Elective Coverage - Sole Proprietor, Partners, For-Profit Corporate Officers, or Member/Managers of Limited Liability Company (LLC) (F213-042-000).
  4. Fax or mail the completed form to the contact information listed on the application, or attach the completed form to a secure message to your account manager.

Excluded employments

Excluded employments are types of employment that are normally excluded from mandatory workers’ compensation coverage including musicians, entertainers, newspaper carriers, volunteers, and more. Employments normally excluded from coverage are described in RCW 51.12.020, 51.12.035, and 51.12.170.

To elect coverage for excluded employments:

  1. Follow the steps on the previous tab to get a workers’ compensation account.
  2. Make sure your account is in good standing if you already have an account.
  3. Complete the Application for Elective Coverage for Excluded Employments (F213-112-000).
  4. Fax or mail the completed form to the contact information listed on the application, or attach the completed form to a secure message to your account manager.

When will my coverage start?

Coverage will begin the day after we receive the request, unless you indicate a later date on your application. Your account must remain in good standing to keep elective coverage.

When will my coverage end?

Note: Cancellations of coverage for excluded employments, corporate officers, and member/managers of LLCs take effect 30 days after we receive written notification of the cancellation. Cancellations for sole proprietors, partners, or LLCs with management vested in its members are effective the date we receive written notice of the cancellation, unless you tell us to cancel on a later date.

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