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Register a Domestic Entity

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DCRA’s Superintendent of Corporations heads Corporations Division that acts as of the Office of Corporate Registrar for the District of Columbia. To form a domestic filing entity appropriate form and fee must be paid and filed with DCRA’s Superintendent of Corporations. The definition of filing entity includes for-profit corporation including professional corporation and nonprofit corporation, limited liability company, limited and general cooperative association, limited partnership, limited liability partnership and business statutory trust.

If your entity has been registered outside of the District of Columbia, please refer to “Register a Foreign entity” link below for relevant information.

To get more information on the differences between entity types, please visit the “Choose a corporate structure” link.

To get more detailed information on any particular entity type, please visit the appropriate link below.


Online Filing

Go to CorpOnline, create a profile, access the online services main page (use Internet Explorer 8, Chrome, Firefox or Safari) and proceed. Online filers must pay by credit card. Once the filing is submitted, print the last confirmation page for your records.

Reporting Requirement

Every domestic and foreign corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Partnership, General and Limited Cooperative Association, Business Trust is required to file two-year reports with Corporations Division to maintain good standing within the District of Columbia.

  • First reports are due April 1 of the very next year from the year of registration.
  • Foreign entities might be liable for back reports if commenced business prior to registration.
  • Subsequent reports are due April 1 every two years thereafter.
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