District of Columbia Business Licenses Directory

About Business Licenses in District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Corporations Division is responsible for the registration of corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. Online searches for registered companies can be performed by company name or filing number.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) issues business licenses for many business activities in the District of Columbia. An online search can be performed for business licenses by name or address. The DCRA also regulates professional licenses for professions such as accountants, appraisers, cosmetologists, engineers, and real estate professionals. The DCRA offers an alphabetical directory by profession with links to resources where online license searches can be performed. The Health Professional Licensing Administration manages licensing for medical professionals such as doctors and nurses. An online database is available whereby searches can be performed by profession, license type, name, social security number, and license number.

The District of Columbia Bar Association is responsible for lawyer licensing. The Bar provides a directory to search for lawyers by name. Additional information and records for lawyers must be obtained by contacting the Bar by phone, by mail, or in person.
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