Business Formation/Registration

Choosing a business structure is a very important first step in starting a business. Your choice determines taxation, liability, and other legal responsibilities.


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

There are three (3) steps to form/register your business:

Step 1. Choose Entity Type.

Step 2. Complete, sign and date application; attach any required supporting documentation.

Step 3: File application and appropriate fee.

External Resource

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20024

Office Hours: Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Phone: (202) 442-4400

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