Form Dpr-1 - Articles Of Incorporation Of Domestic Professional For-Profit Corporation


District of Columbia Government
Corporations Division
Instruction Sheet for Articles of Incorporation for Domestic For-Profit Professional Corporation
Form DPR-1,
Version 2, January 2012.
Use this instruction to draft articles of incorporation for your corporation; or use the fillable Articles of Incorporation on page 3.
This will establish your new Business Corporation in the District of Columbia.
Refer to Corporate Fee Schedule posted online.
Domestic Professional Business Corporation
Varies based on the number of authorized shares.
The following information is required for articles of incorporation.
Corporation name. The name of a professional corporation shall contain the phrase “professional corporation” or the abbreviation “P.C.”, or
the word “chartered”, or the abbreviation “Chtd”, and may not contain the word “company”, “incorporated”, “corporation”, or “limited”, or an
abbreviation of those words.
The number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue.
Registered Agent name and address in the District Columbia. (review Registered Agent Combined Form for more information)
State the purpose. This field should be used for the designation of the professional services to be rendered through the corporation.
“Professional service” means any type of personal service to the public including the services performed by certified public accountants,
attorneys, architects, professional engineers , dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and other health professionals as defined in section 101(8) of
the District of Columbia Health Occupations Revision Act of 1985 (D.C. Official Code § 3-1201.01(8); effective March 25, 1986)”
The names and addresses, including street address of the original shareholders of the corporation.
A statement that each of the original shareholders and directors named in the articles of incorporation is licensed to render a professional
service for which the corporation is to be organized.
Incorporators names and address; each Incorporator must sign and date the articles.
The following information is not required for articles of incorporation but may be included. (use miscellaneous provision section 7)
(1) The names and addresses of the individuals who are to serve as the initial directors;
(2) Provisions not inconsistent with law regarding:
(A) The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized;
(B) Managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation;
(C) Defining, limiting, and regulating the powers of the corporation, its board of directors, and shareholders;
(D) A par value for authorized shares or classes of shares;
(E) The imposition of personal liability on shareholders for the debts of the corporation to a specified extent and upon specified conditions;
(3) Any provision that under this chapter is required or permitted to be set forth in the bylaws;
(4) A provision eliminating or limiting the liability of a director to the corporation or its shareholders for money damages for any action taken,
or any failure to take any action, as a director;
(5) A provision permitting or making obligatory indemnification of a director for liability, as defined in § 29-306.50, to any person for any action
taken, or any failure to take any action, as a director.
Mail all forms and required payment to:
Corporate Online Services Information:
Many corporate filings are available by using CorpOnline Service.
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Corporations Division
Go to CorpOnline site at, create the profile,
PO Box 92300
access the online services main page and proceed. Online filers must pay by
Washington, DC 20090
using the credit card.
Phone: (202) 442-4400
Please check to view organizations required to register, to search business names, to get step-by-step guidelines to register an
organization, to search registered organizations, and to download forms and documents. Just click on “Corporate Registrations.”


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