How Do I Form A Corporation in District of Columbia?


We make it easy to start your corporation in the District of Columbia. DBI Global Filings will handle all aspects of forming your corporation. Here is what we do for you:

  • Check your company name for availability with the District of Columbia Secretary of State
  • Prepare and review the certificate of formation
  • Provide a District of Columbia registered agent office and legal address
  • Submit initial corporation filing fee to District of Columbia
  • Notify you of any annual compliance requirements

Here is some basic information for your review.

How do I set up a corporation in District of Columbia?


  1. Select a company name. The name of the corporation must have one of the following corporation endings: Corporation, Corp., Incorporated, Inc., Company, Co., Limited, or Ltd.
  2. State the number of authorized shares. The initial franchise tax is determined by the dollar amount of the total authorized capital (TAC). For entities with a TAC of $100,000 and under, the Filing Fee is $220. For entities with a TAC between $100,000.00 and $500,000, the Filing Fee will be $550. For entities with a TAC between $500,001 and $1,000,000, the Filing Fee will be $1,100. If the corporation has a TAC of at least $1,000,000, the Filing Fee will be $1,650.
  3. You can also have other provisions named.

Does District of Columbia require a principal office?

Yes. District of Columbia requires a principal office. The office must be a physical address. PO boxes can be listed after physical addresses.

Does District of Columbia permit a mailing address?

Yes. You can list a mailing address. A PO Box IS acceptable.

Does District of Columbia need a duration listed on the certificate of formation?

No. Listing a duration is optional.

Do I need to list a corporation purpose on the certificate of formation?

No. District of Columbia does NOT require that a purpose be listed on the certificate.

Do I need to provide District of Columbia an email address?

No. District of Columbia does NOT require an email address.

How much does it cost for a corporation in District of Columbia?

District of Columbia charges an initial filing fee of $220.

Are there are annual renewal fees in District of Columbia?

Yes. Every domestic corporation registered to do business in District of Columbia shall file an annual report each year on or before April 1 and shall pay an annual report fee $300.

How long does it take to get a corporation in District of Columbia?

District of Columbia takes about 7-10 business days to setup your corporation and receive your "stamped" certificate.

How do I get an EIN number in District of Columbia?

Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) are issued by the Internal Revenue Service. States do not issue EIN numbers.

What does DBI Global Filings do? How much do you charge?

Upon receiving your order, we prepare the articles of formation, ensure that the information complies with District of Columbia state law, and review the filing for accuracy. We charge a one-time processing fee and an annual registered agent fee. Our processing fees are listed on our order form.

Information about other states is available by selecting a state from the menu below. Visit (District of Columbia) website for more detailed information about incorporating. Thank you for your interest in forming a District of Columbia corporation.


Our Incorporation Specialists are available by telephone, email or live chat.

Why order a corporation from DBI Global Filings, LLC?

  • Easy to order online, by phone or live chat
  • Transparent pricing -- our processing fee plus state fees -- no hidden fees
  • Experienced document retrieval staff
  • Same business day processing in most cases
  • Email and/or hard copy delivery
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  • In business since 1986
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