NAICS CODE: 812930
NAICS DESCRIPTION: This classification applies to establishments that take a vehicle in public space and charge a fee to the customer to park it. If a parking valet licensee operates a parking facility service, a parking facility license is required also.
Endorsement Class: General Services and Repair
Legal Authority: DC Code 47-2832.01; 47-2851 DC Municipal Regulations, Title 24, Chapter 6
License Duration: Two (2) Years
Application Fee: $70.00
Category License Fee: $222.00
10% Technology Fee: $31.70
Endorsement Fee: $25.00
Total Fee: $348.70
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All applicants for a Basic Business License must comply with the following DC Code requirements:
If your organization is a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or in some cases, a trust, said organization must be registered and in good standing with the Corporations Division. For more information, including assistance with completing the application process, please contact the Corporations Division at (202) 442-4432 or visit CorpOnline.
Non-Resident of the District of Columbia (including Foreign Corporations)
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.
Corporate Registered Agents
Any business required to register with the Corporations Division is required to maintain a registered agent. Said registered agent may be a bona fide District of Columbia resident or a company physically located in the District of Columbia. The registered agent’s office may or may not be the same address as the place of business.
Family trusts, general partnerships, and sole proprietors are required to maintain a resident agent. Said resident agent may be a bona fide District of Columbia resident or a company physically located in the District of Columbia. The resident agent’s office may or may not be the same address as the place of business.
Trade Name Registration (Use of Fictitious Business Name)
A business operating under a fictitious name or a name other than the legally recognized name must register the trade name with the Corporations Division. For more information, including assistance with completing the trade name application process, please contact the Corporations Division at (202) 442-4432 or visit CorpOnline.
Basic Business License Application
All applicants for a Basic Business License must complete an application, remit the associated payment, and submit the required supporting documentation.
Clean Hands Certification
All applicants must certify that no more than $100 is owed to the District of Columbia Government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes through completion of a Clean Hands Self-Certification.
All Applicants must provide a registered tax number (i.e., SSN or FEIN) at the time of application. Register by completing and filing a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR500) with the Office of Tax and Revenue, 1101 4th Street S.W., Suite W270, Washington, DC 20024. Online registration is available at the Business Tax Service Center. For more information, please call the Tax Customer Service Center at (202) 727-4829.
Zoning Acknowledgement Self-Certification
All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Valet Parking category must certify that he or she has reviewed applicable District zoning laws and regulations. View Sample Letter here.
All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Valet Parking category must submit an original insurance certificate with umbrella coverage of a minimum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) in full force and effect for the duration of the license period per DC Code and DC Municipal Regulations. The licensee is required to give written proof of advance notice to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Business License Division prior to the cancellation or lapse of the policy.
Note: The Certificate of Liability Insurance must: 1) be issued to your organization as registered with the Corporations Division; 2) be issued to the premise address provided on the Basic Business License Application; 3) provide a Description and Location of services provided (i.e., Valet Parking in Washington, DC); and 4) show the certificate holder as "Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 1100 4th Street S.W., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20024.
P.O. Boxes are not acceptable as the insured’s premise address.
Public Space Permit (DDOT Requirement)
All applicants for a Basic Business License for the Valet Parking category must obtain a public space permit from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), hire a licensed valet company, and obey all relevant traffic regulations. Once DDOT issues a permit, signs will be posted to list the days and hours that the curbside space is reserved as a valet staging area. For more information, including assistance with completing the application process, contact the DDOT Policy Branch at (202) 671-2333.
Application Submission Methods
You may apply for a Basic Business License and pay with a major credit/debit card via the Online Application System (OSUB). Some categories are available for immediate printing. Apply Online Now!
You may apply for a Basic Business License in-person with cash, check, money order or a major credit/debit card by visiting the DCRA, Business License Center, 1100 4th Street S.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024. No appointments are required. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: American Express is not accepted in the Business License Center.
You may apply for a Basic Business License and pay with a check or money order via mail. Please submit all requirements including the associated fee. Make check or money order payable to “D.C. Treasurer.”
Mail complete application and payment to:
Wells Fargo Bank
DC Government Wholesale Lockbox 91360
7175 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Note: Mailing an application for a Basic Business License may result in a 6-8 week processing time as it takes longer for the DCRA to receive the information. Please consider applying online or in-person for the fastest turnaround.