Washington D.C. Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation
Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create
a Washington D.C. nonprofit corporation.
Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your
nonprofit corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and
creates the legal entity of the
nonprofit. Only after this approval can you apply for 501c, apply for fundraising licenses,
open a bank account, and otherwise conduct business.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
- Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
- Fulfills statutory requirements to register your organization's
- Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
- Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization
|Agency:||District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Business and Professional Licensing Administration - Corporations Division |
Articles of Incorporation of Domestic Nonprofit Corporation DNP-1
Mail, in-person, or online.
$80 + optional $50 or 100 expedite fee
~15 business days for standard service, ~3 business days for a $50 expedite fee, or same-day for a $100 expedite fee.
D.C. Code § 29-402.02
- When filing online, print the last confirmation page for your records.
- All check payments must be made payable to "DC Treasurer."
- For expedited service, include Expedited Service Action Form EX-1
Other Helpful Washington D.C. Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific
to Washington D.C., keep in mind:
Washington D.C. Directors
- Number: minimum 3
- Qualifications: An individual. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
- Term: default is 1 year, 5 year maximum
- Quorum: majority
- Committee: minimum 1 director
Washington D.C. Officers
- Minimum 2 separate officers: one responsible for the management of the corporation (e.g. "President") and another responsible for the financial affairs of the corporation (e.g."Treasurer"). One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings and keeps a record book.
- Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.
Washington D.C. Members
- Members: optional
- Annual meeting: required
- Quorum: majority of entitled votes