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Incorporating a Corporation in the District of Columbia

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Names of the District of Columbia corporations must be distinguishable from name of any other corporation. Company Express nwill research your company name to make sure it meets the District of Columbia's standards.

Permitted designations: In the District of Columbia, corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:
  • Co.
  • Company
  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.
Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation's name will require approval by the state:
  • Bank
  • Insurance
  • Trust

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation and a Written Consent to Act as Registered Agent.

Turnaround time: About 5-10 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: At least one director is required.

Director qualifications: No special provisions.

Appearance in articles: Director names and addresses are required to be listed in the Articles of Incorporation.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation's principal office has to be located inside the district. Local registered agent is also required in DC.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Two Year Report must be filed by by April 15. The fee is $250.

Signatures: The President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary or Treasurer are authorized to sign biennial reports. 

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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