Washington D.C. Fundraising Licensing

Resources for charities, businesses, professional fundraisers, and individuals conducting charitable solicitation activities
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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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Company Licenses

Washington D.C. Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

District of Columbia Bingo License

Game Type: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Initial Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

District of Columbia Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$412.50

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

District of Columbia Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



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



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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Notes:

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

Initial Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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



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

Initial Registration

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency:District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Charitable Games
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

Washington D.C. Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

District of Columbia Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



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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