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Washington DC Incorporation Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reserve a corporate name?

No, but it is recommended to reserve a name prior to filing to ensure that it remains available during the incorporation process.

How do I reserve a corporate name?

The reservation of your corporate name will be handled by IncParadise and is included in the price of our service.

Do I have to renew my name registration?


How do I incorporate in District of Columbia?

When using our service, IncParadise will file, on your behalf, the required administrative forms and articles of incorporation with the appropriate District of Columbia agency.

Is a registered agent required?

Yes. . The registered agent must either be (1) an individual resident of the District of Columbia or (2) a corporation authorized to transact business in D.C. whose business office is the same as the registered office. The corporation must obtain written consent for the individual or corporation to act as registered agent. As part of our ongoing service, IncParadise does provide a registered agent service option that you can select during the online registration process.

How many Incorporators are required to form a corporation in the District of Columbia?

One or more are required.

How many Directors are required to start a corporation in District of Columbia?

One or more as defined in the entity’s bylaws.

Are corporations in District of Columbia required to file an Annual Report?

Yes. A report must be filed by the end of the second calendar month following delivery of the corporation’s original articles, and every year thereafter in the applicable filing period.

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