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Current Renewal Cycle

The deadline for all On-Premises Retailer Class C/D license holders (nightclubs and taverns) to renew their license is Monday, September 30, 2019.

Licenses not renewed by the deadline will be subject to a late fee of $50 per business day, starting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, not to exceed the cost of the license, AND potential cancellation.

License renewals must be done in-person at ABRA's office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m., and can be done any time before the renewal deadline. All renewed licenses are valid up to three (3) years and expire on September 30, 2022.

Licensees are encouraged to come prepared and early in the renewal cycle to expedite their visit and avoid long lines.

Licensees must arrive with:

Application

  • Applications must be completed, printed, signed by all persons listed on the license as president, vice president, managing member, member, shareholder, or sole member, and notarized.

Certificate of Good Standing

  • A printed Certificate of Good Standing—as issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs/DCRA.
  • Applies only if the holder of the license is a corporate entity.

Clean Hands Certificate—Individual

  • A printed Clean Hands Certificate—as issued by the Office of Tax and Revenue/OTR—for all persons listed on the license as president, vice president, managing member, member, shareholder, or sole member.
  • The certificate must be dated August 13, 2019 or later.

Clean Hands Certificate—Business Entity

  • A printed Clean Hands Certificate—as issued by the Office of Tax and Revenue/OTR—for the business entity.
  • The certificate must be dated August 13, 2019 or later.  

Payment

  • Accepted forms of payment include:
    • Check (no starter checks) or money order made payable to “DC Treasurer”.
    • Major credit card—Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express
  • Payments can be paid for one (1) or multiple years. Licenses are valid for up to three (3) years.

Government-Issued Photo Identification

Settlement Agreement Amendment and Termination Form (Optional)

  • Licensees with a Settlement Agreement that has been in place for at least four (4) years may apply to amend or terminate the agreement. All requests are subject to approval by the ABC Board.

  • A completed, printed, and notarized Settlement Agreement Amendment and Termination form must be filed with the renewal application and before the renewal deadline for consideration.

Questions

Contact ABRA’s licensing division by:

Please note, updates to contact information cannot be done by phone. Licensees must complete and submit a notarized Change of Contact Information form.