Washington DC Business License formation process with client consultation in office

How to get a District of Columbia Basic Business License (Including Special Endorsements)

The first step is to decide on the type of business structure which best suits your interest. The best form will probably require you to register with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Corporations Division. Your choices of forms will include

  • Sole Proprietorship (Not Recommended)
  • Partnerships
  • Closed Corporations
  • Public Corporations
  • Subchapter S Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  • Professional Limited Liability Companies (PLLC)

At the Washington Law Partners, we will guide you through the process of corporate formation with an ease that is based on our familiarity and experience with the process.

The next step is to apply for a Washington DC Basic Business License. The requirements can be tedious and if mismanaged, things can appear to be unending if you are not assisted by a lawyer trained in the process. Please call us before you submit your DC Basic Business License Application to the DCRA Business License Division to make sure you will not get caught up in a confusing process that causes delays in getting your business started.