Washington D.C. Fundraising Licensing

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Below, you'll find licensing requirements for a range of fundraising activities. At a glance, you can see requirements, fees, filing instructions, and links to forms for everything from charitable gaming and cause marketing to professional fundraisers and charitable gift annuities.

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Washington D.C. Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

District of Columbia Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Notes:

Class A licenses are for games with 500 or more players, Class B licenses are for games with 250 to 500 players, Class C licenses are for games with 250 or fewer players, and Class D licenses are for recreational senior citizen groups.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form:

Regular Bingo License Application

Agency Fee:

$500 for a Class A license, $250 for a Class B license, $50 for a Class C license, $0 for Class D license.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form:

Regular Bingo License Application

Agency Fee:

$500 for a Class A license, $250 for a Class B license, $50 for a Class C license, $0 for Class D license.

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

District of Columbia Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



Charitable Gift Annuity licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia does not distinguish between annuities issued by charitable and for-profit entities.

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 et seq.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:1/16/19

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

Notes:
  • Apply for a BBL in the "charitable solicitation" category
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments, including:
    • clean hands self-certification
    • tax number / certificate
    • certificate of occupancy (for D.C. premise)
    • formation documents
    • bylaws
    • IRS determination letter
    • certified resolution
    • solicitor information cards (optional)
  • Plan for 30-day turnaround from DCRA
  • Some District of Columbia counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.
Fact Checked:1/8/20

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.

Fact Checked:1/8/20

District of Columbia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Commercial Co-venturer licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

District of Columbia does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Registration Not Required

Not required



District of Columbia Fundraising Counsel Registration

Not required



Fundraising Counsel licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

District of Columbia does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for fundraising counsels, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Registration Not Required

Not required



District of Columbia Monte Carlo Night Party License

Game Type:

Monte Carlo games

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Notes:

Charities cannot hold more than 2 Monte Carlo events in a calendar year.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form:

Monte Carlo Night Party License Application

Agency Fee:

$100 for Monte Carlo Night Party or Monte Carlo and raffle license, $10 for senior citizen group Monte Carlo license, and $500 for a combined Monte Carlo and texas hold'em license.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Monte Carlo Night licenses allow for a single event and cannot be renewed.

More information: District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games

District of Columbia Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Fundraiser licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

District of Columbia does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for professional fundraisers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Registration Not Required

Not required



District of Columbia Raffle License

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Prize Limits:

Class 2 license prizes cannot exceed $100,000, Class 3 license prizes cannot exceed $15,000, Class 4 license prizes cannot exceed $3,000, Class 5 license prizes cannot exceed $500.

Fact Checked:1/10/18

Initial Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form:

Raffle License Application

Agency Fee:

$200 for a Class 1 license, $100 for a Class 2 license, $50 for a Class 3 license, $25 for a Class 4 license, $10 for a Class 5 license.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Registration Renewal

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form:

Raffle License Application

Agency Fee:

$200 for a Class 1 license, $100 for a Class 2 license, $50 for a Class 3 license, $25 for a Class 4 license, $10 for a Class 5 license.

Due:

Class 1, 2, and 3 license expire one year from the date of issuance. Class 4 and 5 licenses expire 180 days from the date of issuance.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:1/10/18

Individual Licenses

Washington D.C. Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

District of Columbia Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Professional Solicitor licensure is not required on the State level in District of Columbia.

Solicitors who are not employed by a professional fundraising firm but operate independently may be required to register. Employees of professional fundraising firms are generally not required to register as an individual solicitor in District of Columbia.

Registration Not Required

Not required



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