Complete the following steps before submitting a Basic Business License (BBL) application.
Step 1 – Corporate Registration
If your business is operating as a corporate entity (corporation, limited liability company, or partnership), register as a corporation
Trade Name Registration
If you are planning to use a fictitious or shortened version of the corporate name when conducting business, register the trade name Visit CorpOnline.
Step 2 – Registration with Internal Revenue Service and DC Office of Tax and Revenue
Apply for Employer Identification Number (EIN) online, in-person at 77 K Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, or via telephone at (202) 803-9000.
DC Office of Tax (OTR):
Register EIN with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue online. For more information visit 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024, or call (202) 727-4TAX.
Clean Hands Certification:
Sign an affidavit stating you do not owe more than $100 to the Government of the District of Columbia. Complete and download a Clean Hands Self-Certification Form.
Step 3 – Registration with Office of the Zoning Administrator
Step 4 - Basic Business License (BBL) Application
Submit a BBL application including the required supporting documentation and payment.
Your business' activities determine the type of Basic Business License required.
Visit the DC Business Portal to apply today.