Register a Foreign Corporation in District of Columbia
To register a foreign corporation in District of Columbia, you must file a District of Columbia Foreign Registration Statement with the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP), Corporations Division. You can submit this document by mail, online, or in person. The Foreign Registration Statement for a foreign District of Columbia corporation costs $220 to file. Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about how to file the Foreign Registration Statement and register a foreign corporation in District of Columbia. Or, sign up for our District of Columbia Foreign Corporation service, and we’ll handle your filing instead!
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What does it cost to register a foreign corporation in the District of Columbia?
$220, but if you want faster service you can pay an additional $50 for 3 day processing, or $100 for same-day processing.
How long does it take for the state to process the District of Columbia Certificate of Authority?
DC accepts applications online, by mail, or in person. Processing times depend on your method of filing.
- Online: DC typically processes online filings in about 5 business days, though you can choose expedited filing.
- Mail: DC is currently processing mailed filings in around 2-3 weeks (add time for mailing).
- In Person: In person filings are processed by DC in about 2-3 weeks.
- Expedited: If you’re in a hurry you can pay DC an extra $50 for 3-day processing, or $100 for same-day processing.
How will I get verification of qualification back from District of Columbia?
You will receive a verification certificate by mail or in person.
What forms do I file with District of Columbia to qualify my out of State Corporation?
The Foreign Registration Statement, Certificate of Good Standing and filing fee is required for corporation filings. For non-profit filing, a certified copy of Articles of
Articles of Incorporation and Articles of Amendment are required instead of Certificate of Good Standing for foreign corporations. For insurance companies, a copy of the insurance license is also required.
What do I need from my home state?
A Certificate of Good Standing for corporation filing. A certified copy of Articles of Incorporation and Articles of Amendment for non-profit filing only.
Does it need to be an original copy?
How current does the certificate need to be?
Certificate of Good Standing must be current within 30 days.
Certified copy of Articles of Incorporation and Articles of Amendment must be current within 6 months.
Will I need an District of Columbia registered agent for my corporation?
Yes, when you hire Northwest as your registered agent, it’s a flat rate yearly price of $125 a year, you’ll have an online account that tracks your report due dates, which States you’re registered in, when your yearly service with us is up, and any documents we receive locally for you are uploaded into your account immediately for complete viewing.
If or when you get served with a lawsuit, we can email up to 4 people and your attorney at the same time for real time complete viewing of a lawsuit. You’ll receive annual report reminders. It’s the same price every year, and there are no weird fees or cancellation fees.
You’ll also see all the pre-populated forms and specific filing instructions on the thank you page, in your online account, and they are emailed to you immediately upon signing up for 1 year of registered agent service.
Does the District of Columbia registered agent need to sign the filing?
No, not any more.
How can I file the District of Columbia Certificate of Authority?
By mail, online or in person.
What is the agency that accepts out-of-district registrations?
Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection
PO Box 92300
Washington, DC 20090
Do the signatures on the District of Columbia corporation application need to be original?
Who has to sign the foreign corporation filing?
The president or vice-president of the corporation must sign the application form. For non-profit filings, the president or vice-president signature must be attested by the secretary or assistant secretary of the corporation.
Are there any weird things about registering in District of Columbia?
The initial report is due April 15th for corporations and January 15th for non-profits. After you file your initial report, then your reports are biennial. If you file your corporation on April 14th, your annual report is due the next day. The DLCP uses the day they receive your filing as your date. The reporting late fee can be as high as $1,000. If you wait to file your corporation and make sure they receive the filing after April 14th, your first report will be due the next year, and then biennially thereafter.
Reports will be mailed to your DC registered agent, so it’s important that you pick one you can trust, like Northwest Registered Agent Service, Inc.
County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.
Is there ongoing District of Columbia annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?
DC reports are due April 15th for corporations and January 15th for non-profits. You must file an initial report, and then your reports are biennial.
What are your fees?
You’ll need to have an District of Columbia registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in District of Columbia. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agents. Here’s a little more about our registered agent service.
We charge a $100 one-time filing service fee if you would like us to obtain the certificates needed from your home state, and register your company in any state you choose.
We have offices in every state and can act as your registered agent and make your filings for you in any state. If you would like to register with multiple states at once, we can usually drop our filing service fee down.