Washington D.C. Articles of Organization

Articles of organization form your Washington D.C. LLC.

Preparing and filing your articles of organization is the first step in starting your limited liability company (LLC). Approval of this document secures your business name and creates the legal entity of the LLC. Only after this approval can you obtain a Federal Tax ID (EIN), open a bank account, sign contracts, and otherwise conduct business.


Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of the members (owners) and managers
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your business name
  • Adds credibility

Fast Facts

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Corporations Division

Articles of Organization for Domestic Limited Liability Company DLC-1

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$99 + optional $50-$100 expedite fee


~3-4 weeks by mail. ~10 business days online. ~3 business days for $50 expedite fee. ~1 business day for $100 expedite fee. In-person documents are expedited and processed same-day.


D.C. Code §29-801 et seq

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