WASHINGTON DC ASBESTOS WORKER LICENSE GUIDE
How to Become a Licensed Asbestos Worker in Washington DC
Washington DC Code requires that all asbestos workers and supervisors acquire and maintain an Asbestos Worker License issued by the Washington DC Board of Industrial Trades.
Do I need a Washington DC Asbestos Worker License?
An asbestos worker is an individual or any legal business entity that abates asbestos materials. Even if you are only working with asbestos once, or overseeing one job that involves asbestos in Washington DC, you must have the necessary licensing.
If you do not have an asbestos worker license, you are not permitted to call yourself an “asbestos worker” when seeking employment or hire.
Does my Asbestos Business need an Asbestos Worker License?
If it is your business and you are supervising asbestos workers or will be working with asbestos, then yes—you will need to obtain an Asbestos Worker License.
If you need licensing for your asbestos business, you must fulfill additional requirements per the Washington DC Business Licensing Division. Individual asbestos workers are not required to register with the Washington DC Business Licensing Division.
Do I need a registered agent to become a licensed Asbestos Worker in Washington DC?
Yes. All applicants applying to achieve any sort of business license in Washington DC are required to have a registered agent in the District of Columbia (or a resident agent, depending on the situation).
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What if my company is registered in another state?
If your company is already registered in another state and you are commuting into Washington DC to complete work, you must file an Application for a Certificate of Authority for Foreign Business Corporation with the DCRA Corporations Division.
Even though your company is registered in a different state, you are still required to list a registered agent on the Foreign Registration Statement.
How much does a Washington DC Asbestos Worker License Cost?
A two year Washington DC Asbestos Worker License costs $962.50. A four year license costs $1,820.50.
How do I get a Asbestos Worker License in Washington DC?
Below, find an overview of the tasks you may need to complete to get your Asbestos Worker License in Washington DC. Depending on your business structure and business location, some of these tasks may not apply to you.
Register Your Business
If you are seeking a Washington DC Asbestos Worker License as a sole proprietor, an LLC, or a corporation, the first step is registering your business with the Washington DC Department of Commerce & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Corporation’s Division. For more information on how to register with the DCRA, check out our LLC Formation Guide or our Incorporation Guide.
Obtain a Certificate of Occupancy
If your primary business address is located inside the District of Columbia, you must have a Certificate of Occupancy. Check out our Washington DC Certificate of Occupancy Guide for more information.
Provide Your Business Premises Address
When you register for your Washington DC Asbestos Worker License, you must provide the physical street address of your business when you complete your Asbestos Worker License registration. You cannot list a PO box address—you must list the address of an actual, physical location.
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Registered or Resident Agent Information
A registered agent is a third party entity appointed by the organizers or incorporators of a business to receive any legal correspondence on behalf of the company.
All individuals or legal business entities doing business in the District of Columbia must have a registered or resident agent.
If your business is located in Washington DC and registered with the DRCA Corporations Division, you must have a registered agent with a physical address in DC.
If your entity is a sole proprietor, a family trust, or a general partnership, you must maintain a resident agent in the District of Columbia. The requirements for resident agents and registered agents are the same, only the actual term is different.
Provide a Statement of Approved Asbestos Disposal Site
To get your Asbestos Worker License in Washington DC, you must provide a notarized statement that informs the DCRA that you have access to an approved asbestos disposal site to deposit asbestos waste at. You can find a list of approved asbestos disposal sites online at the Environmental Protection Agency website.
Submit a Letter Listing Names of Workers
You must also submit a cover letter that lists of the names of the asbestos workers who will be employed by the company.
Provide a License or Agreement to Haul Asbestos
Your company must have a license to transport asbestos or an agreement with a commercial company who is licensed to transport asbestos. When you submit the necessary documents to get your Asbestos Worker License in Washington DC, you must either provide a copy of your license to haul asbestos or a copy of the agreement between you/your company and the company licensed for asbestos transportation.
Certificate of Federal Compliance
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly known as “OSHA,” requires asbestos abatement employees receive between 32-40 hours of employer-provided training. This training will cover topics such as work area preparation, establishing decontamination units, hands on exercises, and much more.
To find out more information about training programs in Washington DC, you can reach out via phone or email to the the District of Columbia state asbestos contacts listed on the Environmental Protection Agency website.
Provide a Copy of Your Respiratory Protection Program
You are required to provide a copy of your business’ respiratory protection program. A respiratory protection program is a set of operating procedures that ensure that employees know how to use respirators, when to use them, and their limitations. For more information on how to develop a compliant respiratory protection program, you can visit the OHSA website.
Notice of Business Tax Registration
All legal business entities must register with Washington DC Office of Tax and Revenue. This can be easily completed online at the MyTax DC website. You will need to provide your Federal Employer Identification Number (or social security number).
For new businesses, you can complete the FR-500 New Business Registration. This form is a combined application for business taxes, fees, and assessments.
Clean Hands Self Certification
Before you can get your Asbestos Worker License, you are required to certify that you do not owe more than $100 to the District of Columbia Government. This certification does not require a specific form for submission—only a signature verifying that you have read and understood the requirements.
How do I submit my application, application materials, and fee for approval?
A PDF of the Basic Business Licence Application is available from the Washington DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs website. You can submit your application materials via mail, in-person, or online.
To submit via mail, send the required items (including a check or money order in the correct amount) to:
Wells Fargo Bank
DC Government Wholesale Lockbox 91360
71715 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Make checks payable to “D.C. Treasurer.” Applications submitted via mail may take up to 30 days to process.
To submit the required materials in-person, visit the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Business Licensing Center located at:
1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20024
You do not need an appointment and applications are processed in order of their receipt. You can pay with cash, check, money order, or major credit cards.
Submitting your application packet online is, by far, the easiest way to get your Asbestos Worker License. Visit the DC Business Center website where you can create an account, log in, and select the “My Basic Business Licenses” option to proceed.
You will be prompted to provide required information, answer a series of questions about your business, and upload documents before you submit your application.
How do I renew my Washington DC Asbestos Worker License?
Depending on whether you selected the two year license or the four year license option, you will receive a renewal notification in the mail with information on how to renew your license and an invoice for the renewal cost. Renewing your Washington DC Asbestos Worker License can be completed online.
Why should I choose Washington DC Registered Agent LLC?
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