Each state has different requirements for forming a corporation, and the District of Columbia is no exception. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you’ll want to understand District of Columbia (DC) incorporation requirements.
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 Washington DC. The word “Bank” cannot be used unless the company is a bank.
The following are DC’s requirements for directors of corporations:
The document required to form a corporation in Washington DC is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. DC's requirements include:
Washington DC allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).
View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in DC:
The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.