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Trade Name Registration, Reporting Requirement, Service of Process

Trade Name Registration

Superintendent of Corporations of DCRA also registers trade names (DBA – “doing business as” names) in the District of Columbia.  "Trade name" means a word or name, or any combination of a word or name, used by a person to identify the person's business which does not include the true and real name of all persons conducting the business.  For more information on trade name registration, please, refer to the following link: Register a Trade Name

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.

Service of Process

The Corporations Division Program Manager serves as a Superintendent of Corporations and in that capacity acts as the Mayor’s Agent for Service of Process for businesses that are defunct, or fail to maintain an agent in the District or are operating in the District. Find out more information about the Service of Process.