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DC Business Center

Business License Center

Welcome to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ award-winning Business License Center! The center offers the following walk-in services on a first come, first served basis:

  • Expedited Corporate Registration
  • Business Licensing
  • Special Events Licensing
  • Vendor Licensing
  • Document/Certification Processing
  • Kiosks for extra-agency registrations requirements

In addition to processing license applications and corporate registrations, representatives of the Business Licensing, Corporations, Special Events and Vending Divisions are available to address basic application and registration concerns with more in-depth assistance available through the Small Business Resource Center.

The center operates via a ticketing system. Upon arrival, a ticket may be issued from the intake counter to receive service from the applicable division. Please note that the last tickets are issued no later than 4:00 pm to accommodate cashier services. Visit the Business License Center located at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor Intake Counter, Washington, DC 20024 on M, T, W, F from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Th from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Did you know you can complete most required registrations and licensing online?

Skip the Trip, Use the Portal!
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) released the latest enhancements to the DC Business Portal (BUSINESS.DC.GOV). We are excited to announce that for the first time, most Basic Business Licenses (BBLs) can be issued or renewed without customers ever having to visit the DCRA!

Enhanced Features Include:

  • User-friendly search options
  • 'Save & Resume' Feature
  • Clear, concise navigational instructions
  • Courtesy Email Reminders
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Secured User Profile
  • Multi-Agency Search Features

Skip the Trip! Use the Portal for all of your future and current business needs.