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District of Columbia LLC
Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in the District of Columbia.
District of Columbia LLC Costs:
District of Columbia LLC formation: $220 (one-time)
District of Columbia LLC biennial report: $300 (every 2 years)
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Annual 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.
- If your LLC is approved on October 10th 2018, your first DC Biennial Report is due by April 1st 2019. The following Biennial Reports are due by April 1st 2021, April 1st 2023, and so on.
- If your LLC is approved on January 10th 2019, your first DC Biennial Report is due by April 1st 2020. The following Biennial Reports are due by April 1st 2022, April 1st 2024, 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.
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
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
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to create an online account with the DCRA. The account is called CorpOnline.
You can create a CorpOnline account here: https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/Account.aspx/Register
If you already have an account, you can login here: https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/Account.aspx/LogOn
- You’ll see 4 columns on the CorpOnline homepage
- Look in the far right column, titled “Reports”
- Click “BRA-25 For-Profit Domestic Report Web”
- Review the information on the next page and click “Next” to begin
Note: If you have a Foreign LLC registration in DC, you’ll be filing “BRA-25 For-Profit Foreign Report Web” instead.
Search for your Washington DC LLC using either its name or its File Number. Then click on your LLC name.
Enter the year that you’re filing your Biennial Report.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
Once all the information is entered in your Biennial Report, click the “Next” button at the bottom to proceed.
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.
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 under the “Approved Services” tab of your CorpOnline homepage
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 Business License
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 Business License.
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).