NAICS CODE: 561310-1
NAICS DESCRIPTION: Any individual, partnership, association, corporation, contractor, or subcontractor in the District who, for a fee, procures, offers, or attempts to procure job-seekers for employers or employment for job-seekers, and whose fees are charged in whole or in part to the job-seekers contracting for those services.
Endorsement Class: General Services and Repair
Legal Authority: DC Code: Title 8, Chapter 1, Subchapter VI
License Duration: Two (2) Years
License Available Online: No
Category License Fee: $1,300.00
Application Fee: $70.00
Endorsement Fee: $25.00
Technology Fee: 10 percent of total
Step-by-Step Application Requirements
Step-by-Step Application Requirements
STEP ONE : Zoning Compliance
Certificate of Occupancy/Home Occupancy for Compliance for Zoning Regulations
Before applying for your BBL, you'll need a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or a Home Occupation Permit for the location where your business is conducted to demonstrate that your business does not conflict with building and zoning codes. (If your business is located in an office building, you may operate under the umbrella of the C of O issued to the owner of the building, as long as the C of O was issued for the entire building; check with your building owner or management company for the C of O holder name, number, and issue date.) If you have any questions about Certificates of Occupancy, please call Permit Operations Customer Service at (202) 442-4589.
NOTE: You DO NOT need to attach a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy to your application. You DO need to provide C of O number and issue date on your application.
STEP TWO: Corporate Registration
Corporation Division Requirements
If you are a corporation, partnership or limited liability company you must be registered in the District and in good standing. For instructions on how to register, please go to DCRA Corporate Registration Information Center. If you are a sole proprietor, no registration is necessary and you can skip this step. For more information, please call the Corporation Division at (202) 442-4432.
If you are not a resident of the District of Columbia, you'll need to appoint a Resident Agent or an Attorney-in-Fact who lives or works in an office in the District, who will be the official recipient of any financial, process, or legal notices that we need to send to you. If you are not a DC resident, please complete the Certified Resident Agent Appointment Form.
Every corporation needs to have a registered agent office in the District of Columbia. This office can but does not need to be the same as your place of business. Foreign corporations doing business in DC need to certify that their named registered agent is duly authorized to represent that corporation.
If your business uses a Trade Name, you'll need to register the name with DCRA and indicate both the trade name and the official business name (including its corporation, LLC, or partnership classification) if applicable.
STEP THREE: Taxes
Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) Registration
Before applying for your BBL, you'll also need to register your business with OTR and submit a copy of your tax registration certificate with your application. If you're not already registered, simply complete and file a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR500). You get all the necessary forms and submit your application online at the Business Tax Service Center. For more information, please call the Tax Customer Center at (202) 727-4829.
STEP FOUR: Clean Hands Certification
You'll also need to certify that you don't owe more than $100 to the District of Columbia government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes through completion of a Clean Hands form provided in your BBL application package. A signed form from the Office of Tax and Revenue may also be required.
STEP FIVE: Basic Business License Application
To make sure you get your BBL as quickly as possible, you must submit a properly completed Basic Business License Application after completing steps 1 through 4. All of your responses should be printed clearly in English.
Note on PDF Forms: To download and fill out the Basic Business License Application form you should open the form and save to your desktop. We recommend you also rename the form as you save to your desktop. For most users, you should be able to save your work. If you cannot, you should print the form before closing.
STEP SIX: Specific Category Requirements
Financial Condition of Business
You must complete a Financial Report Form for Employment Agencies that provide information regarding the financial condition of your business. You may use a notarized financial statement of the persons forming the business to satisfy this requirement. You must also sign a permission form for the Department to request a credit check.
You must include three (3) copies of the business contract in the Basic Business License application and supplemental application forms If you are proposing to provide the services of both an employment agency and employment counseling service, you must include three (3) copies of both contracts.
A list of schedule fees to be charged to the job seeker needs to be attached to the application. Also, any changes in the fees shall be filed with the Department thirty (30) days prior to the date the changes are to take effect.
Statement of Business Integrity
This application shall be supported by a notarized statement that the information contained in the application and documents is true and correct, and shall indicate the type of license sought.
You must post a Surety Bond for the duration of your business activity’s two-year license period. The bond may be issued by an authorized insurance carrier or you may post a cash bond with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs for the following amounts:
- If the average fee for a job seeker is $2,000 or more and your business enters into contracts with 100 or more job seekers per year you shall file a bond in the amount of $100,000.
- If the average fee for a job seeker is less than $2,000 and your business enter into contracts with fewer than 100 job seekers per year you shall file a bond in the amount of $50,000
STEP SEVEN: Additional Business Activities
If you conduct more than one business activity (endorsement type), you'll need to indicate those activities on your BBL application. You might have any number of additional business activities connected to this particular license endorsement.
Special Notes: If your business includes any of the above endorsement activities, you can get additional fact sheets and application forms by contacting DCRA's License Center at (202) 442-4400, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.