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To renew (maintain) an existing Basic Business License.

What is it?: 

A licensee must renew his/her Basic Business License by the expiration
date if the business activity will continue to be conducted in the
District of Columbia.

Why Do I need to do it?: 

A Basic Business License must be renewed if the business activity will
continue to be conducted in the District of Columbia. Business conducted
without current and proper licensure carries a potential fine of $2,000
per violation.

What I'll need to get it?: 

A Renewal Application Packet. detailing category-specific requirements.
are mailed the licensee's billing address on record no later than 30
days prior to the BBL's expiration. If you have not received
a renewal bill or if your billing address has changed, please contact
the Business Licensing Division, 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd
Floor, Washington DC 20024, (202) 442-4311, immediately.

How do I get it?: 

There are three ways to renew a Basic Business License (BBL):

  • Via Mail - Mail renewal documents and payment in
    one envelope to: Wells Fargo Bank, ATTN: Government Whole Sale Lockbox
    91360, 7175 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.
  • In-Person
    - Submit your renewal documents and payment in the Business License
    Center, 1100 4th Street, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20024.
  • Online
    - Certain categories of the BBL are renewable online; if your BBL is
    eligible for online renewal, your renewal bill will contain a 6-digit
    pin number.

For online renewal, you will need:

  • The ABL Number printed on your renewal bill, which starts with LREN or IREN;
  • The Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of your business; and
  • The Personal Identification Number (PIN) indicated on your renewal bill.
When do I get it?: 

A Basic Business License should be renewed on or prior to the expiration date.

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Roadmap: 

To renew an existing Basic Business License:

Step 1: Review renewal instructions and bill.

Step 2. Gather requirements, including fees payable to "D.C. Treasurer."

Step 3. Submit renewal application via mailin-person or online (if applicable).

Renewal Application Packets are mailed to the billing address on record no later than 30 days prior to the BBL's date of expiration. Please ensure
your billing address is current and accurate in order to receive your renewal information in a timely manner. If you have not received a renewal application packet or to update your billing address, contact the Business Licensing Division, (202) 442-4311, 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024 prior to BBL's expiration.

Domestic vs. Foreign: 

A domestic entity is formed only in DC. A foreign entity is formed outside of DC in another state or country.

What Do I need to do to get it?: 

Renewal Application Packets are mailed to the billing address on record
no later than 30 days prior to the BBL's date of expiration. Please
review the detailed instruction provided and return the applicable
documentation and payment as instructed. Please ensure your billing
address is current and accurate in order to receive your renewal
information in a timely manner.

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Renew Basic Business License