Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Escrow Agent & Officer Licensing FAQs

See below for DFI's answers to questions frequently asked about Escrow Agent and Escrow Officer licensing.

I want to be the Designated Escrow Officer for my escrow agent main office, and also an Escrow Officer at one of our branch locations. How do I get a second license to hang at the branch location?

You cannot have more than one license. You can choose to be a Designated Escrow Officer or an Escrow Officer, but you cannot have both licenses at the same time.

How do I get an escrow officer license? ?

All escrow officers must take and pass the Escrow Officer Examination, and then submit an Escrow Officer License Application within one year of passing the exam. See the testing information section to sign up for the Exam.

How much does an escrow officer license cost?

The fee to take the Escrow Officer Exam is $168.07. The Escrow Officer Application fee and annual renewal fee is $179.26.

Can I apply for my escrow officer license on an inactive status?

No, you must apply for your first license on an active status and be affiliated with an actively licensed escrow agent. (RCW 18.44.101)

I am a designated escrow officer. One of my escrow officers is leaving the company. How soon do I have to notify DFI that they are leaving?

The escrow agent must notify DFI within three days of the termination of an escrow officer’s employment, and within ten days the escrow agent must submit that escrow officer’s license to DFI.

I just received my escrow officer renewal notice, but it says I have to renew online. Can I still send in a check to renew my license?

No, you cannot submit your renewal payment via check or any other paper form. You must use the online escrow officer license renewal system. DFI will reject any paper renewal for an escrow officer license. An escrow officer operating without the required license is subject to penalties as authorized by RCW 18.44.171 and RCW 18.44.430.