District of Columbia Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for District of Columbia business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division
Form:

Form TN-14: Trade Name Registration

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$55

Is registration mandatory?:

Trade name registration is required for entities using an alternate name.

County Level Filing:

Not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Although trade name registration does not directly offer name protection, entity names must be distinguishable from other legal, reserved, and trade names.

Notes:
  • Publication of registration is not required in District of Columbia.

Renewal Filing

Agency:District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division
Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$55

Due:

By April 1 of the second year from the year of registration and biennially by April 1 thereafter.

Law:

DC Code § 47-2855.02

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