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Online Resources

General Online Tools

DC Business Licensing Portal
This portal walks you through a simple virtual checklist of all the licenses you need to start and maintain your business.

Visit the Business Licensing Portal


Access DC Initiative

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) utilizes Access DC - a program to enhance security and improve access to all of DLCP's online services.

Signing up for an Access DC account is easy. Simply visit Access DC and click the sign up link.

  • Access DC simplifies interactions with DLCP. Instead of having multiple accounts with passwords to remember, your single Access DC account will be used for every DLCP online system.
  • Access DC enhances security by verifying the email addresses of all users and protects DLCP's online services with an access management platform conforming to FedRAMP security standards.
  • The Access DC account is easy to obtain. You can sign up for an account in just a few minutes, and if you ever forget your login information, self-guided prompts will help you recover instantly.

Review the DC Privacy Policy.

Access DC is powered by the Okta access management platform. Okta Privacy Policy.

Visit Access DC

Agency Performance Dashboard

This is a platform that presents DLCP data. The dashboards provide greater transparency, allowing customers to take a look at DLCP's performance in these areas.

View Agency Performance Dashboard


Pay Online

Easily make payments for various services and fees online.

Pay Online


Schedule an Appointment Online

Choose a category based on your questions or needs and schedule a virtual appointment today.

Schedule an Appointment


Verify Licenses, Enforcement Actions, Regulatory and Property Information

Scout, our online consolidated database allows users to find and track licenses, enforcement actions, and regulatory information on District businesses all in one place. Think of it as a one-stop shop for all your data needs. Search by street address, business name, person name, permit, or license number.

Verify Property Information




Pay a Fine

Remit payment online to satisfy a fine. Payments may be made using debit or credit cards using our online payment portal. 

Pay a Fine Online


Consumer Protection

File a Complaint

The Office of Enforcement includes the Consumer Protection Unit (CPU), a team of investigators who are dedicated to enforcing District regulations in many areas, including, but not limited to: 

  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices;
  • Unlicensed Business Operations or Operation Beyond the Scope of a License;
  • Unlicensed Rental or Short-Term Rental Activity;
  • Home Improvement Services and Warranty Claims;
  • Trash Noise Complaints;
  • Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Prohibition;
  • Flavored Tobacco Prohibition;
  • Special events;
  • Mobile and stationary vendors (including food trucks and sidewalk vendors).

Visit DLCP's Consumer Protection page for more information, or proceed directly to file a complaint using CPU's universal intake form.

CPU Universal Intake Form


Small Business Resources

Register for a One-on-One Session

Try DLCP's one-stop-shop concierge service where aspiring and existing business owners can become equipped with the step-by-step process of navigating the District’s regulatory process, providing business owners with information, guidelines, and support, thereby identifying opportunities to succeed in today’s business environment. 

Register for a One-on-One Session



Business Licensing

Apply for a Business License

The DC Business Portal is the place where entrepreneurs can find all information related to growing and maintaining local businesses.

Apply for a Business License

Apply for a Short-Term Rental License

Apply for a Special Event License Online

Verify an Existing Business License

Scout makes it easy to verify a business license. In order to operate legally in the District of Columbia, all businesses must be licensed. Scout allows you to check if a business entity has an active license(s). You can search by license number, address, name, or category. Looking for a place to rent and need to verify the business of a potential landlord? You can also find out if your landlord is licensed by searching on Scout. 

Verify a Business License


Business Registration

Complete Corporation Services Online

Form and register all domestic and foreign filing entities online at CorpOnline. View a complete list of Corporation Services online at CorpOnline. 

Visit CorpOnline



Occupational and Professional Licensing

Apply for an Occupational or Professional License Online

Apply online with non-health occupational and professional boards, commissions, and programs and enforces regulations and offers licenses in more than 125 occupational and professional categories. 

Apply for an Occupational or Professional Licensing Online


Search for an Occupational/Professional License

Learn the status of a occupational or professional license.

Search for an Occupational or Professional License


Verify an Occupational/Professional License

Obtain a license certification/verification. 

Request a OPL License Verification/Certification



Weights & Measures Device Registration

Apply for a Weights and Measures Certificate Online

Register a commercially-used weighing, measuring, or scanning device in the District of Columbia.

New Merchants

To receive an invitation to our device registration portal, contact us at via telephone, (202) 671-4500, or ONLINE (ATTN: Office of Weights & Measures). Be sure to include the following information in your inquiry:
  • Name
  • Business Email Address
  • Business Name
  • Business Address

Existing Merchants

Log in to your existing ONLINE account to renew or modify registrations online.

File a Complaint

File a complaint if you believe a merchant overcharged you, that you did not receive the quality/quantity; advertised/paid for, or have another complaint. 

File a Complaint



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