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Commercial whale watching licensesApplication process and deadline.

(1) A commercial whale watching license is required for commercial whale watching businesses, motorized and sailing vessel operators, and kayak guides.
(2) Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age and possess a driver's license or other government-issued identification number and jurisdiction of issuance.
(3) Applicants for a commercial whale watching business license must be authorized to conduct business within the state of Washington. However, the residency and business requirements of RCW 77.65.040 (2) and (3) do not apply to Canadian individuals or corporations applying for and holding Washington commercial whale watching licenses.
(4) The commercial whale watching business license application must include the following information regarding the whale watching business:
(a) The applicant must identify the whale watching business name, type of business (i.e., sole proprietor, partnership, corporation), and for all associated business owner(s): Full name, association to the business, email address, telephone number, and Social Security number if the business owner is a United States citizen or resident.
(b) The applicant must identify and confirm the whale watching business is registered to conduct business within the state by providing the unified business identifier (UBI) number. Canadian commercial whale watching businesses are exempt from this requirement.
(5) The commercial whale watching business license applicant must also designate all commercial whale watching operators authorized to operate a motorized or sailing vessel and all kayak guides authorized to guide a kayak tour on behalf of the business. The applicant must identify the operator's or kayak guide's full name and date of birth.
(6) On the commercial whale watching business license application, the applicant must designate all commercial whale watching vessels to be used while engaging in commercial whale watching.
(a) The applicant must indicate either motorized or sailing vessels or kayaks on the application.
(b) If motorized or sailing vessels are selected, then the applicant must select the appropriate option for the passenger capacity on the designated vessel.
(7) Commercial whale watching operator license applicants and kayak guide license applicants must provide their full name, date of birth, Social Security number (U.S. citizens and residents only), gender, hair, eyes, weight, height, physical address, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
(8) An application submitted to the department shall contain the applicant's declaration under penalty of perjury that the information on the application is true and correct.
(9) Applications must be completed and submitted online through the department-provided commercial licensing system, or by mailing the application to:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Commercial License Sales
P.O. Box 43154
Olympia, WA 98504-3154
(10) If the required fields are blank or omitted from the application, then the department will consider the application to be incomplete, and it will not be processed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.65.615 and 77.65.620. WSR 21-23-070, § 220-460-020, filed 11/15/21, effective 12/16/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047, 77.65.615, 77.65.620, 77.15.020, 77.15.160, 77.04.012, 77.04.55 [74.05.055]. WSR 21-01-216 (Order 20-264), § 220-460-020, filed 12/23/20, effective 3/1/21.]
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