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Department of Licensing

Temporary Fireworks Stand Permits Available Until June 28. Click here to apply and learn more.


In observance of Memorial Day, DLCP will be closed on Monday, May 27. Please see our list of online resources should you need immediate assistance. We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, May 28.

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Important Updates

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) is one of the District’s newest agencies. Its mission is to protect the economic interests of residents, businesses, and visitors in the District of Columbia by licensing and regulating businesses and investigating and enforcing the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

 A new law bans the sale of flavored tobacco, menthol cigarettes and electronic smoking devices within a quarter mile of District middle and high Schools. This DLCP E-Cigarette Enforcement Map shows the spatial relationship between these middle and high schools and licensed e-tobacco businesses in the District.

DC Business Licensing Portal

Access information about all the forms and requirements you need to start and maintain your business, the time and cost information, and approval status and timing.

My DC Business Center

My DC Business Center

This is your gateway to the online Basic Business License (BBL) system.


Register new domestic and foreign corporations, file your biennial report, and order documents like good standing certificates and certified copy requests.

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