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Last updated November 29, 2021

District of Columbia LLC
Biennial Report

Overview: How to form an LLC in the District of Columbia

Step-by-step guides:

 

District of Columbia LLC Costs:
Formation fee: $99
Annual fee: $300 (every 2 years)

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Biennial Requirements for Washington DC LLCs

After you form an LLC in the District of Columbia, you must regularly file an informational report in order to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing.

This report is filed with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

Unlike most states where LLCs file a report every year (known as an “LLC Annual Report”), LLCs in the District of Columbia file a report every 2 years. This report is called the DC LLC Biennial Report.

DC Biennial Report penalty:

If your DC LLC Biennial Report is late, as per section 29–106.01 of the DC Code, you will be charged a $100 penalty. If you continue to ignore this requirement past September, the DCRA can administratively dissolve (shut down) your LLC.

DC Biennial Report fee:

$300 due every 2 years.

DC Biennial Report due date:

April 1st, due every 2 years.

Your LLC’s first Biennial Report is due by April 1st of the year following your LLC’s registration date. Then, it’s due every 2 years after that.

For example:

  • If your LLC is approved on October 10th 2021, your first DC Biennial Report is due by April 1st 2022. The following Biennial Reports are due by April 1st 2024, April 1st 2026, and so on.
  • If your LLC is approved on January 10th 2022, your first DC Biennial Report is due by April 1st 2023. The following Biennial Reports are due by April 1st 2025, April 1st 2027, and so on.

To clarify things further:

  • If your LLC is formed between April and December, your first DC Biennial Report is due by April 1st of the following year.
  • If your LLC is formed in January, February, or March, your first DC Biennial Report is not due 1-3 months later in April of the same year. It’s due the following April, one whole year later.

Reminders:

The DCRA sends courtesy reminders (by mail) to the address of your LLC’s DC Registered Agent.

They don’t send any email reminders.

What if I don’t get a reminder by mail?
Even if you don’t receive a courtesy reminder in the mail from the DCRA, it is still your responsibility to file your DC LLC Biennial Report on time every 2 years.

#1 reason LLCs get administratively dissolved:
The #1 reason LLCs in DC get shut down by the DCRA is for failure to file their Biennial Report.

LLC University® recommendation:
Put a repeating reminder on your phone, your computer, and/or your calendar.

Biennial Report filing methods & processing times:

You can file your LLC Biennial Report by mail or online. In both cases, the filing fee is $300.

  • If you file your Biennial Report online, it’s processed and approved immediately.
  • If you file your Biennial Report by mail, it will take 15 business days to process and approve.

We recommend filing online as it’s easier and the processing time is much faster.

The DCRA also prefers to receive Biennial Report filings online instead of by mail.

Online filing instructions only:

The instructions below are for how to file a Biennial Report online.

If you prefer to file your Biennial Report by mail, the instructions will be similar, but instead of filing online, you’ll need to mail in a completed Form BRA-25 to the DCRA.

Their mailing address is:
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
PO Box 92300
Washington, DC 20090

Send a check or money order for $300 payable to the “DC Treasurer”.

District of Columbia LLC Biennial Report Online Filing
(Access DC + CorpOnline)

If you haven’t done so already, you need to create an Access DC login. After that’s complete, then you need to create a CorpOnline account.

(If you already have these, you can just login to CorpOnline)

Get Started: Click “File a Current Year Biennial Report”. Then scroll to the bottom and click “Continue”.

Select Your Organization

Search for your LLC  using either its name or its File Number. Then click on your LLC name.

Report Year:

Enter the year that you’re filing your Biennial Report.

Business Address

Review your LLC’s business address. Leave it as-is or update it if your address has changed.

This address can be a home address, an office address, a friend or family member’s address, or the address of your Commercial Registered Agent.

This address can be within the District of Columbia or it can be in another state. The address can also be outside of the United States, if applicable.

Note: If you hired Northwest Registered Agent ($125 per year) as your Registered Agent, they’ll allow you to use their address here for privacy. This will keep your address off of public records.

Registered Agent

Review your LLC’s Registered Agent. Leave the information as-is or update it if your Registered Agent has changed.

In the District of Columbia, you have multiple options for who can be your LLC’s Registered Agent.

Make sure you have read our prior lesson: DC LLC Registered Agent.

Purpose

Purpose Type: From the drop down menu, select the industry your LLC is involved in (if it’s listed). If it’s not listed, select “Other”.

Purpose Description: Enter a few words or a sentence or two about what your LLC does. The DCRA doesn’t allow for a general purpose/”any lawful activity” statement to be made. The statement must be specific.

For examples of specific LLC statements, please see our article: LLC statement of purpose.

Governor

An LLC Governor is any LLC Member or LLC Manager.

(related article: LLC Member vs LLC Manager)

If you’re submitting the Biennial Report for your own LLC, then you can enter your last name, first name, and address. Then check off “Executing Officer” (denotes that you are signing the filing), and click “Add Governor”.

If you already have LLC Governor information in your Biennial Report, you can either keep it, remove it, or add more LLC Governors (if applicable).

Upload Documents

You can use this section to upload any applicable attachments to your DC Biennial Report.

For example, if your LLC has multiple Members or Managers, you can add them via an attachment.

Most filers do not use the Upload Documents section though.

Next Step

Once all the information is entered in your Biennial Report, click the “Next” button at the bottom to proceed.

Validation (review)

Review the information you entered in your LLC’s Biennial Report. Check for any errors or typos.

If you need to make any changes, click the “Back” button at the bottom.

If everything looks good, click the “Next” button to proceed.

Payment

Select “Credit Card” from the first drop down menu. Enter your name, billing address, and phone number. Then enter your credit card information below, click “Next”, and finalize your payment to the DCRA.

Note: All information entered on this page is private. It will not become public record.

Congratulations! Your District of Columbia LLC Biennial Report has been submitted to the DCRA.

Now you just need to wait for your Biennial Report to be processed and the verification form to be uploaded to your DCRA CorpOnline account.

DC LLC Biennial Report Approval

If you file your DC LLC Biennial Report online, it will be approved instantly.

The DCRA will:

  • Send you an email confirmation,
  • and upload a filed copy of your Biennial Report in CorpOnline dashboard

We recommend keeping a copy of your filed Biennial Report with your LLC’s records.

And don’t forget: You have another Biennial Report coming due in 2 years, due by April 1st. Remember to set a calendar reminder for yourself.

Next Step: District of Columbia LLC Taxes

Once you’ve reviewed this lesson, or filed your DC LLC’s Biennial Report, you can then proceed to the next lesson: District of Columbia LLC Taxes.

DCRA Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the DCRA at 202-442-4432. Their hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (except Thursday, when the hours are 9:30am to 4:30pm).

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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