Once you have formed your Washington D.C. LLC, you must stay on top of the district’s filing deadlines in order to stay in good standing and avoid unnecessary fines or penalties.
This article answers the following questions for a Washington D.C. LLC:
What Is a Biennial Report?
In Washington D.C., a biennial report is a regular filing that your LLC must complete every two years to update your business information, including:
- Principal office address
- Registered agent name and address
- Statement of business purpose
- Names and addresses of LLC officials (i.e., members, managers, directors, or officers)
The purpose of this report is to keep your business records up to date with Washington D.C. This allows creditors and other interested parties to look up your business address in case they need to contact you. The government uses this information to track the payment of your LLC taxes.
How Do I File a Biennial Report?
You can file your Washington D.C. LLC biennial report through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website. Online filers will need an Access DC account.
OPTION 1: File Online With DC CorpOnline
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OPTION 2: File Form BRA-25 by Mail or in Person
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 92300
Washington, DC 20090
Business License Center
11 4th St. SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Due Date: Washington D.C. LLC biennial reports are due by April 1 every second year.
Late Filings: Any biennial report received after April 1 will result in a $100 late fee. Further failure to file a biennial report could result in the dissolution of your Washington D.C. LLC.
Should I Use a Registered Agent Service?
A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf. By using a registered agent service, you can ensure that your LLC's reports are always filed on time to the appropriate government agency. Here are the three main advantages to using a registered agent service for your LLC:
- Avoid late filing penalties: The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs can dissolve a Washington D.C. LLC if it does not file a biennial report. A registered agent service will notify you when reports are due, and they can also submit the filing for you for an additional fee.
- Gain flexibility: A registered agent service can receive and send documents for your LLC during regular business hours so that you don’t have to be on the job from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week. You can also use a registered agent service to form an LLC in other states where you don't already have an established business presence.
- Maintain privacy: Using a registered agent service allows you to keep your personal address off of public records, ensuring your privacy. Additionally, if someone sues your LLC, the lawsuit will be served to the registered agent’s address rather than your place of business.
Learn more about getting a Washington D.C. registered agent by reading our guide.