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How to Dissolve a District of Columbia LLC


How do you dissolve a DC Limited Liability Company?

To dissolve your LLC in the District of Columbia, file Form DLC-8, Statement of Dissolution for Domestic Limited Liability Company with the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP). Feel free to draft your own articles, but do not handwrite on DLCP forms. LLC filings are not required to have original signatures. File in duplicate if you would like a copy returned to you. Submit the completed articles of dissolution to the DLCP online, by mail or in person. For expedited processing, include Form EX-1, Expedited Service Action.

The DLCP accepts cash, money order, check, or Visa/MasterCard. Make checks payable to “D.C. Treasurer.”

What District of Columbia agency do you have to dissolve with?

You can submit your articles of dissolution to the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection, Corporations Division online, by mail or in person.


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In person:

Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection
Business Licensing Center
2nd Floor
1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Monday-Wednesday and Friday 8:30-4:30 Thursday 9:30-4:30

Mail – USPS:

Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection
Corporations Division
PO Box 92300
Washington, DC 20090

Mail – Non USPS:

Wells Fargo Bank
7175 Columbia Gateway Drive
Lockbox # 92300
Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: (202) 442-4400 Fax: (202) 442-9445

DC Limited Liability Company Dissolution FAQ

Is there a filing fee to dissolve or cancel a District of Columbia LLC?

There is a $220 filing fee to dissolve your Limited Liability Company in the District of Columbia.

You can pay an additional $50 expedite fee to have the form processed in three days. If you pay a $100 expedite fee, you can have the dissolution processed in one day.

Your registered agent service in DC may be able to help you with the dissolution process.

Do you need Office of Tax and Revenue clearance before the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection will accept your dissolution?

No. You do not need clearance from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue before you can dissolve your LLC or corporation in Washington DC.

How long does it take the DLCP to process the filing?

It takes the corporations division about 15 business days to process documents once they receive them. Mailed documents can take awhile to get to the DLCP office since mail is routed through Maryland for payment processing first. You can overnight documents to reduce mail time, but there would be no difference in DLCP processing time.

If you include an Expedited Service Action Form, you can have your document filed within one day or within three days.

Walked in documents are expedited. You have to pay $100 to have your dissolution processed while you wait or $50 to have the filing processed in 3 business days.

How long before someone can take your business name?

There is no name protection if you voluntarily dissolve your Washington DC LLC. Once the LLC is dissolved, another business entity can use the name.

When a Washington DC LLC is revoked, its name is protected until December 31st of the year the LLC is revoked. After December 31st, other business entities may use the LLCs business name.

What is the penalty if you do not dissolve properly and just don’t file your biennial reports?

Washington DC LLCs are required to file biennial reports (aka “2-year reports”) with the DLCP. The biennial report filing fee is $300. The report is due April 1st every other year and if you file after the deadline, there is an additional $100 penalty fee.

If a Washington DC LLC just doesn’t file the report, the LLC will receive written notice that there are grounds for administrative dissolution. Then the LLC has 60 days following the notice to file the report and fees. If it fails to do so, the LLC will be revoked on the 2nd Monday of November.

What are the late fees and penalties to re-register if your registration is forfeited?

The filing fee for an application for reinstatement is $300. The LLC will have to file all of its missed 2-year reports (fees may vary). There is also a penalty fee of $100 for each late 2-year report.

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