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Register a Foreign LLC in District of Columbia

To register a foreign LLC in District of Columbia, you must file a District of Columbia Foreign Registration Statement with the District of Columbia Government, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations Division. You can submit this document by mail, in person, or online. The Foreign Registration Statement costs $220 to file. The following guide on registering a foreign LLC in District of Columbia answers the most common questions about how to file the District of Columbia Foreign Registration Statement, but you can also sign up for our District of Columbia Foreign LLC service and let Northwest handle the details for you.

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Foreign District of Columbia LLC Foreign Registration Statement

What does it cost to register a foreign LLC in the District of Columbia?

$220 for normal processing.

How long does it take for the state to process the District of Columbia Application for Registration?

Online Processing: 10-15 business days.

Normal Processing: 10-15 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

Expedited processing: same day if you pay the $100 expedite fee.

In Person Processing: 3 business days if you pay $50 to expedite or same day if received in the morning and you pay $100 to expedite.

How will I get verification of registration 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 register my out of state LLC?

The Foreign Registration StatementCertificate of Good Standing and filing fee is required for corporation filings. 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.

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.

Will I need an District of Columbia registered agent for my LLC?

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 are 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 will be 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?


How can I file the District of Columbia Application for Registration?

By mail, in person or online.

What is the state agency that accepts the out of state registration?

District of Columbia Government
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
PO Box 92300
Washington, DC 20090
Phone: (202)442-4400

Do the signatures on the District of Columbia LLC application need to be original?


Who has to sign the foreign LLC filing?

A manager, member or authorized person must sign the application form.

Are there any weird things about registering in District of Columbia?

County filing or publication is not necessary, unless specifically required by the county in which your registered agent resides.

Are there ongoing District of Columbia annual report and/or initial reporting requirements?

The initial report is due June 16th. After you file your initial report, then your reports are biennial. If you file on June 15th, your annual report is due the next day. The DCRA uses the day they receive your filing as your DC biennial report date. The reporting late fee can be as high as $1,000. If you wait to file and make sure they receive the filing after June 16th, your first report will be due June 16th 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.

What about Washington DC taxes?

A foreign LLC will have to pay DC taxes like any other Washington DC LLC.

How can I withdraw my LLC from Washington DC?

If you would like to withdraw a company from DC, just file a Withdrawal of Registration of Registered Foreign Entity.

What are your fees?

You’ll need to have a District of Columbia registered agent. We charge $125 a year to act as your registered agent in the District of Columbia. It’s a flat rate, once a year fee, and includes more than other registered agent services.

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.

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