Certificate of Registration

A Certificate of Registration is a document issued by the DCRA's Corporations Division to entities not incorporated or formed in the District of Columbia (Foreign).


Complete the FN-1 form (Foreign Registration Statement) in order to receive a Certificate of Registration.

Any foreign organization that wishes to conduct business in the District must secure a Certificate of Registration before doing business.

In order to get a Certificate of Registration, file the FN-1 form (Foreign Registration Statement) along with a Certificate of Good Standing/Existence, which is dated within the last 90 days and is issued by the corporate registrar in the state/country of organization/formation.

Certificate of Registration is issued after an application for foreign registration is approved.

Complete the FN-1 form via CorpOnline or in-person in the Business License Center, 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024.

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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