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Registering an LLC Name in Washington DC

Whether you’re searching for the right Washington DC business name or registering your LLC with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on a Washington DC business entity search, LLC naming rules, fictitious names and registering your business.

Washington DC Business Entity Search

You need to check whether there’s already another Washington DC LLC registered with your desired business name. That means searching the Washington DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) website using its business search tool. You can easily look up DC LLCs and corporations by name and other details. Using the tool is easy:

If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.

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Rules for Naming Your Washington DC LLC

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Washington DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs naming rules.

DBA/Trade Names in Washington DC

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Washington DC, doing business under a different name is known as a “trade name.” You might choose to use a different name from your DC formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Potomac Cleaning Services Holding Company LLC and you have a brand called Monument and Mall Restoration Services. You should file a trade name online to let the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs know. Incfile can do this on your behalf through our DBA/Trade Name service.

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FAQs on Naming Your Washington DC LLC

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Useful Resources for Naming Your Washington DC LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Washington DC LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.

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Find the Perfect Name for Your Washington DC LLC

The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:

  • Appeal to your customers
  • Be memorable enough to stand out
  • Best represent your product or services
  • Not be used by another business
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Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

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