Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand District of Columbia (DC) incorporation requirements.
Cost to incorporate
At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the state fees to form a DC corporation. View our pricing for a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:
Incorporate in DC Incorporation Options
- BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
- State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in DC with standard turn-around.
- Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
- Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
The corporation's name must contain the word "Corporation," "Company," "Incorporated," "Limited" or an abbreviation thereof. The name shall not be the same as or deceptively similar to name of a domestic corporation, authorized foreign corporation or reserved name already existing in DC. The word “Bank” cannot be used unless the company is a bank.
The following are DC’s requirements for directors of corporations:
- Minimum number. Corporations must have one or more directors.
- Residence requirements. DC requires directors to have a physical address (no post office boxes).
- Age requirements. Directors must be age 18 or older.
- Inclusion in the Articles of Incorporation. Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
Requirements for the Articles of Incorporation
The document required to form a corporation in DC is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. DC's requirements include:
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- Officers. Officer names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.
- Stock. Authorized shares and par value must be listed in the Articles of Incorporation. An increase in the number of shares or par value can affect initial filing fees.
- Registered agent. Corporations must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in DC. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Professional services businesses
DC allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).
Additional DC information
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