Tuesday, May 5, 2015



When Am I Required to Obtain a Business License in the District of Columbia?

Let D.C. Registered Agent, Inc. help you to be in compliance easily.


D.C. law requires all businesses operating in or deriving income from the District to hold a valid license in order to operate legally. Since D.C. issues many different kinds of licenses, it is important to be sure you’re applying for the correct license, and, if your license requires a specific endorsement, it is important to apply for that as well. Holding the wrong license, or lacking a required endorsement, is the same as being unlicensed—you’ll have wasted a lot of money, time, and trouble, and you will have to start all over again and spend more money and time acquiring the correct license, and you may be liable for quite substantial fees and penalties. Importantly, even if you operate out of your home, you’re still required to obtain the correct business license and any applicable endorsements.

What kinds of businesses do not have to be licensed? None are exempt! All business must be licensed. However, if you hold a current required professional license, or if you are a multi-member firm or practice and your practitioners are required to maintain licensure by a local, state, or national certification body, those professional licenses are the only licenses required. Only this small, specific group does not have to obtain a D.C. business license—all others have to have one. Whether you are a consultant, a small business, a sole proprietor, or anything else, you still are required to be properly licensed. In addition, some kinds of business, like contractors, need very specialized licenses and endorsements, with a lot of supporting paperwork required. Importantly, completing your corporate registration (registering your LLC, corporation, etc. in D.C.) is not the same as obtaining a business license.

The licensing process can be confusing and is always time-consuming, so why not let D.C. Registered Agent, Inc.’s expert staff handle it for you. We’ve been helping every kind of business acquire the correct licenses in D.C. since 1994, so we’re very familiar with the application process and the government’s many requirements. We can even handle everything by phone and email if you prefer, so you’ll never have to leave your office or go stand in lines at government agencies. Call us today at 202.457.4299 or visit our website at www.dcregisterdagent.com.

D.C. Registered Agent, Inc:
   •  Only office located in downtown D.C. on 20th Street, NW.
   •  Working only in D.C. since 1994.
   •  Expert, professional staff.
   •  Individualized service—you're not just a number.
   •  No hidden fees for registered agent service—one modest annual fee is all you pay.

Email us at info@DCRegisteredAgent.com 

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