Washington DC Corporation Formation

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.

Cost to incorporate

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the district fees to form a corporation in Washington DC. View our pricing for a C corporation or S corporation to plainly see:

  • 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 district fee to incorporate in DC with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and district fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and district fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation.

Incorporate in DC

Corporate name

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.

Director information

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 Washington DC is called the Articles of Incorporation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. DC's requirements include:

  • 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.
Washington DC Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

Washington DC allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional corporation (PC).

Additional DC information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in DC:

State Guides

The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.

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Guide to Incorporation

Learn what to expect when you're incorporating.