District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division


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Contact Information

Mailing address:
1100 4th Street
SW
Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 442-4400 or (202) 123-4567 TTY
Fax: (202) 442-9445

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Licenses

We track the following licenses with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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District of Columbia Basic Business License - Asbestos Abatement Business

More Information:

https://dcra.dc.gov/node/515072

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Fact Checked:5/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$962.50

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$962.50

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:12/4/18

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Home Improvement Contractor

More Information:

https://dcra.dc.gov/node/514862

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Fact Checked:5/3/18

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$288.20

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$288.20

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:1/27/20

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Rental Housing - Apartment

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Fact Checked:10/30/19

Initial Registration

Fact Checked:11/14/19

Registration Renewal

Fact Checked:11/13/19

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Rental Housing - One Family Rental

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Fact Checked:10/30/19

District of Columbia Basic Business License - Rental Housing - Two Family Rental

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Fact Checked:10/30/19

District of Columbia Charitable Solicitation License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Law:

District of Columbia Code Ann. § 44-1703

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:6/17/21

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that raise less than $25,000 in contributions per calendar year and do not use paid solicitors
  • Religious institutions
  • Membership organizations
  • Public or private organizations that solicit only from employees as long as the solicitation is approved by and conducted under the supervision of the employer or the employer's duly authorized representative, and is only carried on within the place or places of employment of the work force
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Fact Checked:1/8/20

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities that raise less than $1,500 in contributions per calendar year and do not use paid solicitors
  • Religious institutions
  • Educational institutions
  • Membership organizations
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month prior to your registration month. If you registered for the first time in September, your report will be due by the end of August two years later.

Fact Checked:1/8/20

Initial Registration

Instructions:

First, you must foreign qualify in D.C..
Then, file the Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR-500) with the Office of Tax and Revenue.
Then, all nonprofits then file the Unified Registration Statement (URS) along with a Basic Business License (BBL).

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$412.50

Turnaround:

3-4 weeks

Notes:
  • Some District of Columbia counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in D.C.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Check the available exemptions to see if your charity is eligible for exemption from the full registration requirement.
  • Appoint a registered agent to receive legal documents in D.C.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
  • Look through the list of required attachments and make sure that you have each required document in hand before starting the registration application.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
  2. Complete a New Business Registration with the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
  3. Create a MyTax account and submit a franchise tax exemption request online.
  4. Create an Access DC account and submit an application for a charitable solicitation basic business license along with all required attachments.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
  2. Complete a New Business Registration with the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
  3. Create a MyTax account and submit a franchise tax exemption request online.
  4. Create an Access DC account and submit an application for a charitable solicitation basic business license along with all required attachments.
Required Attachments:

  • IRS determination letter
  • Professional fundraising contracts
  • Certificate of occupancy
  • DC tax number or certificate
  • Certified resolution
Fact Checked:4/14/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$412.50

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month prior to your registration month. If you registered for the first time in September, your report will be due by the end of August two years later.

Due Date Extension:

D.C. does not grant extensions for charitable organization registration.

Required Attachments:

None

Fact Checked:2/4/20

Cancellation

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Notes:

To close out your registration, submit a BBL cancellation request form online.

Fact Checked:7/14/20

Companies acting as employment agencies in District of Columbia must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

District of Columbia Employment Agency License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Fact Checked:3/12/18

Initial Registration

This section applies to firms that are applying for a license in District of Columbia for the first time.

Form:

http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-employment-agency-license

Agency Fee:

$1,534

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

This section applies to firms that are already licensed in District of Columbia and need to renew their license.

Form:

http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-employment-agency-license

Agency Fee:

$1,534

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:12/7/16

District of Columbia General Business License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Law:

DC Code § 44-1700; 47-2851 DC Municipal Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 13 and DC Code § 47-285103D; DC Municipal Regulations, Title 17, Chapter 38.

Notes:

Businesses that have a basic business license in a different classification than the general business license typically do not need a general business license as well. Only businesses with elevator, retail cigarette, patent medicine, food product, or vending machine classifications will need to apply for the additional general business license. Nonprofit organizations generally hold a charitable solicitation license instead of a general business license.

Fact Checked:9/18/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Either Charitable Solicitation, Charitable Exempt, or General Business in some cases. 

Filing Method:

Mail, In-person, or Online.

Agency Fee:

$324.50 for General Business.

Turnaround:

Immediate for online and up to 30 days for mail.

Fact Checked:8/4/17

Registration Renewal

Form:

Either Charitable Solicitation, Charitable Exempt, or General Business in some cases. 

Filing Method:

Mail, In-person, or Online.

Agency Fee:

$324.50 for General Business.

Turnaround:

Immediate for online and up to 30 days for mail.

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:8/4/17

District of Columbia General Contractor License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

For Class A licenses: $2,500,000 in general liability insurance coverage, Class B licenses: $1,500,000, Class C or G licenses: $500,000 per occurance and $1,000,000 in aggregate, Class H licenses: $500,000 in general liability insurance coverage.

Bond Requirements:

There is no bond requirement for this license.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Basic Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$654.50

Fact Checked:5/16/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$654.50

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:5/16/18

District of Columbia Talent Agency License

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Business Licensing Division
Notes:

The District of Columbia does not have a separate talent agency license, but an employment agency license may be required.

Fact Checked:4/3/18

Initial Registration

Form:

http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-employment-agency-license

Agency Fee:

$1,534

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://dcra.dc.gov/service/get-employment-agency-license

Agency Fee:

$1,534

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:12/7/16

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