Get a Charitable Exempt Certificate
Get a Charitable Exempt License
NAICS CODE: 813110
NAICS DESCRIPTION: Charitable Exempt means the request directly or indirectly for any contribution on the plea or representation that such contribution will or may be used for charitable purposes associated with the activities of a religious and/or educational organization and/or institution.
Endorsement Class: General Business
Legal Authority: DC Code: 44-1700; 47-2851; DC Municipal Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 13
License Duration: Perpetual
Application Fee: $0
Category License Fee: $0
10% Technology Fee: $0
Endorsement Fee: $0
Total Fee: $0
All applicants for a Basic Business License must comply with the following DC Code requirements:
Basic Business License Application
All applicants for a Basic Business License must complete an application, remit the associated payment, and submit the required supporting documentation.
All Applicants must provide a registered tax number (i.e., SSN or FEIN) at the time of application.
All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Charitable Exempt category must provide a completed, signed, dated and notarized Affidavit stating that the exemption under §501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 is in force and effect on the date of the submission of proof under this section.
IRS Determination Letter
All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Charitable Exempt category must provide a Photostat or certified true copy of a ruling letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Treasury Department holding the person claiming exemption under §4(b) of the Act to be exempt under §501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
Application Submission Methods
You may apply for a Basic Business License in-person with cash, check, money order or a major credit/debit card by visiting the DCRA, Business License Center, 1100 4th Street S.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024. No appointments are required. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: American Express is not accepted in the Business License Center.
You may apply for a Basic Business License via mail. Please submit all requirements.
Mail complete application to:
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Business Licensing Division
1100 4th Street S.W., 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Note: Processing times for Basic Business Licenses submitted by mail may take up to 30 business days. Please consider applying online or in-person for the fastest turnaround.