A request for a record certification may be submitted to the Business Licensing Division to verify the licensing history and/or status of a business in Washington, DC. The associated fee is $1.10 per record certification. A record certification may be requested for up to three (3) years prior to the submission date of the request. In order to prepare your request, the following information is most helpful for a record search:
- Name of Business
- Trade Name (if applicable)
- Premise Address
- License Category
- Verification Period
Submit a Request for a Business License Certification form:
Submit completed request form at the Business License Center, located at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last ticket for service is given at 4:00 p.m.
Make check or money payable to D.C. Treasurer. Cash and credit card payments are accepted by the Cashier's Office.
Mail completed request form(s) and payment via check or money payable to D.C. Treasurer to:
Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Business Licensing Division
1100 4th Street, SW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20024-4471
ATTN: Record Certification
You may search active Basic Business Licenses via the Business License Verification tool.