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Register a Domestic Entity

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. Corporations division forms all filing entities in the District of Columbia.

The definition of filing entity includes the following organizational types:

  • For-profit corporation including professional and benefit corporation
  • Nonprofit corporation
  • Limited liability company
  • Limited cooperative association
  • General cooperative association
  • Limited partnership including limited liability limited partnership
  • Limited liability partnership
  • Business statutory trust

If your entity has been registered as one of the organization types above 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, and access the online services main page.

The following services are available for the public using this service:

1. Online formation of all domestic filing entities (limited liability companies, nonprofit and for-profit corporations, limited and limited liability partnerships, general and limited cooperative associations and business trusts);

2. Online registration of all foreign filing entities;

3. Online filing of required biennial reports for all domestic and foreign filing entities;

4. Online domestic name reservations and foreign name registrations;

5. Online trade name registrations for all filing entities and sole proprietors and other non-filing entities;

6. Online good standing certificate and certified copy requests;

7. Online reinstatement filings for domestic and foreign filing entities including back report filing;

8. Online withdrawal application for all foreign entities;

9. Online dissolution filings for domestic LLCs and nonprofit and for-profit corporations;

10. Online amendment filings for domestic LLCs and nonprofit and for-profit corporations;

11. Online amended registration filings for all foreign entities;

12. Online search of all registered entities with expanded entity information including report history, trade name and governor information;

13. Online tracking of submitted filings including filing rejection management and approved services tab for filing evidence.

CorpOnline service is compatible with most web browsers (Internet Explorer 11 or higher, latest versions of Chrome and Firefox, etc.).

Some online filings may be expedited for one day or three day service for additional fee.

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.

2016 List of All Entities Required to File Biennial Report

2017 List of All Entities to Required File Biennial Report

Revocation Information

All domestic and foreign filing entities that do not file mandatory biennial report for any given reporting period and/or maintain the registered agent with DCRA’s Corporation division are subject to revocation of their registration.

This revocation takes place by Superintendent of Corporations of DCRA pursuant to DC Code § 29-105.11 and 29-106.02.

All domestic entities are subject to administrative dissolution and all foreign entities are subject to have their registration canceled in the District of Columbia. Entities that were subject to revocation may not continue to conduct their business except for the purpose of “winding down” (closing out the business). If entity wishes to continue conducting its business it must reinstate immediately. Conducting business in revoked status may subject the entity to potential civil infractions and other penalties. Revocation takes place first business day of September of any given year.

This list may not be all inclusive. Since the publication of the list, some of the entities may have changed. To view the current status of entities access the CorpOnline Web Portal.

For more information including how to reinstate your filing entity, please, contact Corporations Division at (202) 442-4432.

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