District of Columbia Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal
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|
Mail or online.
|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.