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Washington Wage Recovery Act Effective January 1, 2022

Submitted by UCS on January 10, 2022

Notification from Department of Licensing (DOL) Filing a Wage Lien – Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

On January 1, 2022, the Washington Wage Recovery Act took effect providing a new process for workers to file a wage lien for unpaid wages. A wage lien may be filed with Washington’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) office via a financing statement. An employee may file a wage lien with the UCC office as part of their effort to collect unpaid wages.

The Washington Wage Recovery Act will affect:

• Legal professionals practicing employment law; representing either employees or employers.
• State agencies, regular UCC filers, Creditors, Collection Agencies, Data Purchasers, bulk electronic filers.
• Employees seeking lost wages.
• Employers with liens against personal property.

Washington’s UCC office at the Department of Licensing is a central place for the filing of the notice and pledging property of an individual as collateral. The UCC office already accepts filings for non-UCC liens on certain property, such as crop liens.

The Wage Lien may be filed with the UCC office online or by completing a form and mailing it to the DOL’s Uniform Commercial Code office.

Information pertaining to the filing process, fees and how to draft a Wage lien are available by clicking here.

Need more info regarding the Washington Wage Recovery Act?  Details and instructions for filing a Wage Lien with the UCC office are available on DOL’s website here.

If you have any questions, please contact a Client Service Representative at (800) 899-8648 or