Start a Business in The District of Columbia

Starting a business in the District of Columbia can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with DCRA, and your business is formed! Obviously there are a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in the District of Columbia, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in the District of Columbia.

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Our team members are District of Columbia incorporation experts. We will provide you:

  • Filed District of Columbia Articles

  • District of Columbia Corporate Bylaws

  • DC shareholder resolutions

  • DC corporate stock certificates

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We provide extra privacy for you with our address. You get ongoing support:

  • We’ll be your registered agent

  • DC corporate renewal reminders

  • Online corporate tools

  • Talk to a Corporate Guide® anytime

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How to Start a Business in The District Of Columbia

  • File Your Articles

    • You file articles of incorporation for a District of Columbia corporation or articles of organization for a District of Columbia LLC with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

  • Obtain a Federal Tax ID

    • You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the District of Columbia showing your approved District of Columbia business.

  • Open a Bank Account

    • Opening a business banking account under your new DC business name should be easy with these two items.

  • Register Your Business

    • You register your District of Columbia LLC with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue or DC Department of Employment Services if you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax.

  • Apply for Licenses

    • Almost all DC businesses need a DC business license from the DCRA Business License Division. Your license fees and requirements will depend on your business activities in DC. We provide links and DC licensing information in your online account.

    • Get a trade or occupational license if you need one. Many professions are exempted from the DC Basic Business License requirement. Keep in mind that some businesses need a professional license AND the DCRA Basic Business License.

  • Get Proper Zoning

    • If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need approval from the state zoning authority for your type of business in that location.

  • Get Up and Running

    • If you get overwhelmed, just let us take the worry out of your work.

The Do-It-Yourself Type?

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If you want to start a business in the District of Columbia yourself, you can just hire us as your DC registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the District of Columbia LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate a DC corporation or form a DC LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a local District of Columbia registered agent service.