Washington D.C. LLC Operating Agreement Templates

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A Washington D.C. LLC operating agreement is a legal document that contains the foundational rules for a limited liability company (LLC) doing business in Washington D.C. Operating agreements can address things like the roles the LLC’s controlling parties, who are called “members,” standards for meetings, revenue contribution obligations, and procedures for dissolution. In the event of a disagreement among the members about the operation of the LLC, the operating agreement will be the first and primary resource for resolving it.

Operating agreements are valuable because they reinforce the distinction between the LLC and the members themselves. A failure to maintain this formal division could compromise one of the most important traits of an LLC: the protection of the personal assets of the members in litigation against the LLC.

Washington D.C. Limited Liability Company Statutes – Title 29, Chapter 8 (Uniform Limited Liability Company Act)

Operating Agreement Laws – § 29-801.07

State Definition§ 29-801.04

By Type (2)

Multi-Member LLC Operating Agreement – For LLCs that will have more than one member. This agreement allows for the identification of multiple members and the assignment of their roles and obligations.

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Single-Member LLC Operating Agreement – For LLCs with only one member. Accomplishes the same functions as an operating agreement for a bigger LLC, but consolidates power and responsibility in a single member.

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How to Form an LLC in Washington D.C. (6 steps)

All LLCs must have an official legal name. Once possible names are chosen, before filling out any paper work, it’s a good idea to make sure that another business entity is not already using that. Consult the Washington D.C. Business Info database to assure that the name is available.

Step 1 – Choose a Registered Agent

A Registered Agent, sometimes called a statutory agent, is a person who will receive official communications on behalf of the LLC. The registered agent may be a person, or another business entity. If the agent is to be a person, that person must be a resident of Washington D.C.; if the agent is to be a business entity, that entity must be registered in the District. There are companies specifically set up to help foreign LLCs meet this requirement.

Step 2 – Fill out Articles of Organization

A “domestic” LLC is one that is formed in the District, while a foreign LLC is formed elsewhere. Both types are required to file Articles of Organization in order to transact business in the District, but they have distinct applications.

Step 3 – Pay the Filing Fee

  • Domestic – $99
  • Foreign – $220

If paying online, payment must be made via credit card. Those applying via Adobe PDF may apply either in person, or mail the required documents to:

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations Division, PO Box 92300 Washington, DC 20090

Step 4 – Create an Operating Agreement

Washington D.C. does not require limited liability companies to have an operating agreement, but it is highly advisable to create one as soon as possible after registering. Along with the liability protections described in the introduction, operating agreements make it easier to attract interest and funding by providing assurance of stable management practices.

Step 5 – Secure an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a number assigned to a business entity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An LLC should obtain one as soon as possible after formation. An EIN enables a business to make financial transactions in its name, and without one, it will be maintain bank accounts, pay employees or obtain lines of credit. Applying for an EIN may be done online or through the mail using Form SS-4.