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Just Starting Your Business?

Open For Business GraphicAll businesses operating in DC are required to be registered or licensed by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).This department also issues permits and recognizes business ownership types. The Business and Professional Licensing Administration of the department is for obtaining business licenses and the Permit Center is for occupation and construction permits in the District of Columbia.

Both centers provide technical assistance and the option to complete the process on-site. If you would like to operate in the District of Columbia as a for-profit corporation, non-profit corporation, Limited Liability Company or partnership (limited partnership or limited liability partnership), you must register with Corporations Division of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

To register as a foreign company (if your business is already registered outside the District of Columbia), you must file for certificate of authority (for-profit or non-profit corporations) or certificate of registration for Limited Liability Company.