I am already registered to do business in the District . Why do I need a Basic Business License?

If you have already registered to do business, it means that the DC government acknowledges your organization's intent to operate in DC and recognizes its structure (i.e., LLC, Inc., LLP, Non-Profit, etc). A Basic Business License gives your organization permission to conduct a specific business activity.

To learn if your organization requires a Basic Business License, contact the Business Licensing Division, (202) 442-4311, 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024.