How do I start a business in the District of Columbia?

All businesses in DC must be licensed. The majority of businesses are licensed by DCRA in four (4) easy steps:

Step 1. Business Formation/Registration (Corporate and Trade Name)

Step 2. Tax Registration (Federal and Local)

Step 3. Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit

Step 4. Licensing (Business, Occupational & Professional License)