WASHINGTON DC HOME IMPROVEMENT SALESPERSON LICENSING GUIDE
Do I need a Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License?
Anyone who is, or is affiliated with, a home improvement contractor who is permitted to negotiate any agreements for home improvement work is required to have a Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License.
Do I need a registered agent to get a DC Home Improvement Salesperson License?
Yes. Anyone applying for a DC Home Improvement Salesperson License must appoint a registered agent to receive legal correspondence on behalf of the business entity.
How much does a Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License cost?
A two-year Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License costs $154.00.
For a four-year license, it will cost $203.50.
What if my business is registered in a different state?
If you are operating as a sole proprietor that has not registered with the DLCP, you are required to complete the Resident Agent Appointment Form, accessible through the DLCP’s CorpOnline portal. This form must be signed by the individual and the resident agent and, if you are submitting your application via mail or in-person, included in the application materials.
If your business is registered in a different state, but you want to do business in DC, you must complete and file the Foreign Registration Statement. You can complete this process by mail, in-person, or you can complete and file the document online as well.
Do I need a registered agent for my Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License?
All entities are required to have a registered (or resident) agent in Washington DC, regardless of where they are located. A registered agent is a third party entity elected to receive legal correspondence on behalf of the company. For individuals and companies located outside of the District of Columbia, you are required to appointment a resident agent (which is a different term for a registered agent).
Washington DC Registered Agent LLC provides registered (or resident) agent service. For $49, you get an entire 365 days of registered agent service.
How do I get a Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License?
Register Your Business
The first step in obtaining your DC Home Improvement Salesperson License is registering your business with the DLCP. This is essentially how your business becomes a legal entity. For more information on business formation, check out our DC Incorporation Page or our DC LLC Formation Page.
Get a Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit
All applicants located within the District of Columbia are required to provide a Certificate of Occupancy number or a Home Occupation Permit number. For more information on how to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, check out our online guide. If you need to get a Home Occupation Permit, we have a guide for that too.
Get an EIN from the IRS
To complete your application, you must list an EIN. An EIN is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It is a nine-digit number used to identify your company. Getting an EIN is free, easy, and can be completed entirely online at the IRS website.
Provide a Police Criminal History Report
In order to submit your Home Improvement Salesperson License application, you must include a Police Criminal History Report (also known as From PD-70). If you are a resident of the District of Columbia, you can get your Police Criminal History Report from the DC Metropolitan Police Department, Police Criminal History Report Division, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 1075, Washington, DC 20001. If you are not a resident of Washington DC, you must obtain your police report from your jurisdiction. The report must be notarized and provided within 30 days of it being issued.
Submit an Affidavit
Additionally, you must also submit an Affidavit sworn to before a notary public by a certified Home Improvement Salesperson stating that you, the applicant, will be employed by the Home Improvement Contractor.
Include Digital Passport Photographs & Identification
You must also include three digital passport photos and a copy of your official driver’s license or official non-driver’s license.
Provide a Home Improvement Salesperson Designation Letter
If you are applying for a Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License, you must be affiliated with a licensed Home Improvement Contractor. This contractor must confirm, via letter, that the applicant will be working for them. You can download a template of this letter from the DLCP website.
Consent to a Background Check
Before you submit all necessary application materials, you must consent to a background investigation to be conducted after you submit your application.
How can I submit my application and application materials?
You can submit the application, application materials, and fee via mail by sending the packet to:
Wells Fargo Bank
DC Government Wholesale Lockbox 91360
7175 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
If you submit your application via mail, it can take up to 30 days to process. If you want a faster processing time, it is advisable to submit your application and application materials in-person or online.
You can also submit your application, application materials, and fee in-person by delivering them to the DLCP Business License Center located at:
Department of Licensing & Consumer Protection
Business License Center
1100 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
It is not required that you make an appointment before hand. You can pay with cash, card, check, or money order. Applications are processed in the order they are submitted.
You can submit your application, application documents, and fee online through the DLCP Online Business Center. You can upload all documents required
How long is my Washington DC Home Improvement Salesperson License good for?
You have the option to apply for a two year license or a four year license.
How do I renew my license?
You will be required to renew your license after it expires. Depending on your selection, that could occur in two years or four years. You will receive a reminder from the DLCP prompting you to submit your renewal documents and fee. Instructions for renewal will be provided on the reminder.
Why should I choose Washington DC Registered Agent LLC to be my registered agent?
A key to a successful business is learning the art of delegation. Here at Washington DC Registered Agent LLC, we are ready to join your team and provide you with the best registered agent service out there.