I found the information on wa. licensing department. but said collection agencys so, i wondering , if the law firm needs to do the same. thank you for your answer.
If the statute says collection agency, and it is a law firm collection...that sort of answers the question.
However, since an out of state law firm trying to collect a debt is nothing more than a glorified collection agency, the issue is arguable. All you can do is report the issue to your state attorney general office.
However, that is not going to solve your immediate problem. You owe a debt and someone is trying to collect. What are you going to do to solve that problem (e.g. pay it, settle it, or file bankruptcy).
answer would be pay it but.... the issue is this firm has been sending notices to my old add .lied to me bout the reason why. said county has it listed as my add. county paper i recieved from court house says the add. has been out of my name for 2 yrs. the junk debt buyer , according to the website states they buy debts then turn them over to collections. i do not know what happened to the orig. finance co. When the last payment i made was returned and my calls weren't being answered i drove to the office and they had moved. i have done business with the org. co. for 6 yrs. never been late with a payment, just seems like a dirty thing to do to somebody. Now this firm wants an extra 3,000. my credit score dropped from 900 to 456! if this firm is not allowed to collect and the junk debt buyer has to wait a little while longer than 30 days think i may feel better.