For US (Washington state) travel agents

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1. Posted by jhayden (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm looking for clarification on what I, as a WA state resident, need to do to legally operate as a travel agent. I intend to join Outside Agents as an independent agent but they seem to not have any information whatsoever on Seller of Travel laws in Washington or any other state and apparently this question has never come up despite them having 9,000 agents. I've reached out to a few different WA govt agencies and they've provided not much more than a bunch of uncertain, half-answered answers. At this point, I understand that I must obtain a business license and that the business license must have a SOT adendum, but I'm unclear as to whether I should be applying as a corporation, partnership, liability company, limited liability partnership, or something else. Does anyone specifically in Washington state have any insight as to what has worked best for them?

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5550 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Using my laptop, and not a dinky little mobile phone, a simple Google type search gave me a whole bunch of links to look over.

This should be a good place to start. (You have nothing to lose using this free option.)

I entered:

how to become a travel agent in washington state

  • Perhaps some local agency will let you work as an apprentice.

Good luck.

3. Posted by jhayden (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

This is incredibly unhelpful. Read my post. Do you really think I haven't done any research whatsoever? In, again, my post, I make it very clear that I intend to work as an independent agent, which the state of Washington requires one to obtain a business license for. No part of this process would benefit from "some local agency letting me work as an apprentice." Furthermore, a laptop and a "dinky mobile phone" - again, not mentioned anyyyyywhere in my post, what's with the unfounded assumptions? - have access to the exact same Google search. No difference whatsoever in search results depending on device used. It seems like this is your advice on every post you comment on. Why bother commenting at all if "Google it" is your best advice?

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5550 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

"This is incredibly unhelpful. Read my post. Do you really think I haven't done any research whatsoever? In, again, my post, I make it very clear that I intend to work as an independent agent, which the state of Washington requires one to obtain a business license for."

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So sorry. Your one huge run-together paragraph didn't help much!

Hope you do well in in an occupation where people sort of have to like you and trust you too!