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As an essential business, we’ve been blessed to stay busy. We’re open, fully operational, and committed to providing the highest level of customer service. Covid-19 sucks and we wish we could do more. While we can’t make face masks or work on medical breakthroughs, we can help you stay in business or start a new one. For any of our clients who are struggling, we want you to know we’ve never charged a late fee and if you can’t pay your bill—don’t worry—we’ll float you as long as possible. For new and prospective clients, we want you to know, we’re actually ramping up our staffing (17 new hires since March 1) and building for the future, whatever that means for all of us. Thanks for the opportunity to help serve you along the way.

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Start a Business in The District of Columbia

Corporate Compliance by Local Corporate Guides®

Starting a business in the District of Columbia can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the DCRA, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s 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.

Corporate Guides

Our Corporate Guides® 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

Start Your District of Columbia Business

$225 + State Fees
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How to Start a Business in The District Of Columbia

1
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.

2
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.

3
Open a Bank Account

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

4
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.

5
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.

6
Get Proper Zoning

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

7
Get Up and Running

If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.

Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer? You Can Save Some Money:

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 professional District of Columbia registered agent service.

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If you want a corporation, you file District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation:

It will cost $220 to file the articles of incorporation with the DC DCRA.

We custom draft your District of Columbia articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your District of Columbia business. The basic requirements of District of Columbia corporations are:

  • The District of Columbia Corporation must have a corporate ending such as Incorporated, Corporation, Limited, or an abbreviation of one of those
  • The District of Columbia corporation name must be different than already registered District of Columbia corporations
  • The number of shares the District of Columbia Corporation is authorized to issue
  • The name and office address of the registered agent in District of Columbia
  • You may include other optional provisions
  • The name, address, and signature of the District of Columbia incorporator

The DCRA requires original signatures on DC corporate filings. Obviously this doesn’t apply if you incorporate online. The DCRA will send the filed document to the address on your envelope.

Start Your District Of Columbia Business!

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If you want a corporation, you file District of Columbia Articles of Incorporation:

It will cost $220 to file the articles of incorporation with the DC DCRA.

We custom draft your District of Columbia articles of incorporation when you hire Northwest to start your District of Columbia business. The basic requirements of District of Columbia corporations are:

  • The District of Columbia Corporation must have a corporate ending such as Incorporated, Corporation, Limited, or an abbreviation of one of those
  • The District of Columbia corporation name must be different than already registered District of Columbia corporations
  • The number of shares the District of Columbia Corporation is authorized to issue
  • The name and office address of the registered agent in District of Columbia
  • You may include other optional provisions
  • The name, address, and signature of the District of Columbia incorporator

The DCRA requires original signatures on DC corporate filings. Obviously this doesn’t apply if you incorporate online. The DCRA will send the filed document to the address on your envelope.

Corporate Compliance
by Local Corporate Guides®