Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Phishing scam targeting Washington businesses

The Washington Department of Revenue is warning businesses to be aware of an email phishing scam targeting Washington state businesses. 

The scammers are sending emails that appear to come from Revenue and provide them with instructions to renew their business license using alternate links to the “My DOR” business licensing system.

Businesses are encouraged to be on the lookout for this, and other similar scams, and never click on an unusual link in an email.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, businesses should:

  •  Confirm the sender’s email address is cms@dor.wa.gov.
  • Verify the expiration date on their business license document.
  • Visit the My DOR website through http://bls.dor.wa.gov and log in to review their license status.

More information about this scam is available on the DOR website at www.dor.wa.gov.

If a business is unsure about an email correspondence with the Department of Revenue or has questions related to this scam, they are asked to call 1-800-451-7985.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Welcome, City of Battle Ground

The state Business Licensing Service (BLS) today welcomes another Southwest Washington city to the league of municipal licensing partnerships.

Battle Ground joins fellow BLS associates Vancouver, Washougal, Longview, and Kelso. BLS now services the local licensing of 69 cities to streamline applications, renewals, and payment processes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Set the Correct Fee Type to Ensure Proper Renewal Fee

City Partners

Make sure your customers' licenses will renew by setting the right fee type when you change an endorsement type. 

When you change an endorsement type  such as from general business to non-profit  make sure to set the fee type to match.

The fee type sets the right renewal fee(s). If it's not set properly, incorrect fees — even zero fees  might be charged at renewal.

A sample is below.
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~BLS Partnership Services

Saturday, July 1, 2017

State budget signed; BLS maintains normal operations


On Friday, June 30, 2017, the Legislature passed a 2017-19 operating budget and it was signed by the Governor.

BLS will continue with normal operations.

Thank you for your patience.

~BLS Partnership Services