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In order to operate legally in the District of Columbia, all businesses must be licensed.

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A permit is required for filming or related activities in DC public space.

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Apply for a Tree Permit - several adults and children assiting to plant a tree

Any residents and contractors who wish to plant, prune, or remove a tree within the public right of way must first obtain permission from the District Department of Transportation and the Urban Forestry Administ

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Complete an application for an ABC license, endorsement, permit or to make a change to a license.

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Complete an application for an ABC license, endorsement, permit or to make a change to a license.

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To add, replace, remodel or repair fuel-burning or unfired pressure vessel equipment such as furnaces or boilers, you must apply for a boiler permit. There are three different types of boiler permits:

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Careful consideration should be given to a company’s legal structure. Some questions to ask:

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Corporate Registration

DCRA's Corporations Division serves as the Office of Corporate Registrar for the District of Columbia. The Corporations Division registers all entities, domestic (DC) or foreign (non-District) that conduct business in the District of Columbia.

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The District has several programs intended to ensure on-street parking is accessible to residents and visitors with disabilities.

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DMV offers disability tags for vehicles of persons requiring such assistance and parking placards/permits for persons requiring such assistance.

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Steps required to obtain a District driver's license, including tests and documentation.

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Get information and applications for certification and licensing across several environmental issues, including air pollution, hazardous substances and water quality.

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Use the online form to submit a formal complaint to ABRA regarding alleged violations at an ABC establishment.

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The mission of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is to protect the health, safety, economic interests and quality of life of residents, businesses and visitors in the District of Columbia by ensuring code compliance and regulating business.

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Obtain a Motorcycle Endorsement (M) on Your License
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Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Non-Driver Identification Card and a Limited Purpose Non-Driver Identification Card.

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On behalf of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), which regulates parking in the District, DMV issues permits for special parking privileges to those who qualify.

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Effective June 2010, the Tour Guide license is now regulated by the Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration.

For more information on Tour Guide licensing, click here.

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Applicants between the ages of 16 ½ - 20 years old will receive a Provisional Driver License after they take and pass the road skills test.

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