State Regulations for District of Columbia

Date Revised: 04/07/2023

Governing Body:

D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

License Required for Day Camps :
License Required for Resident Camps:
License Information:

Basic Business Online License Applications -- Some camps may need general business license

Child Care FAQs

Criminal Background Checks Required:
Criminal Background Checks Information:

Henry J. Daly Building
MPDC Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue
NW, Room 3055, WA 20001
(202) 727-4245

Police Clearances

Fee of $7

State Allows FBI Checks:
Driving Record Checks:

Available through the DMV website.

Fee of $7 - $13

State Sex Offender Registry:

D.C. Sex Offender Registry

Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions:

Covers all employees unless specifically exempt or covered by wage order.

Exemptions: volunteers for educational, charitable, religious, or nonprofit organizations; lay officers of religious organizations if engaged in religious functions; bona fide executives, administrators, professionals, and outside salespeople as defined by FLSA

District of Columbia Minimum Wage Poster (English/Spanish)

Subminimum Wage:

Federal minimum wage may be paid to: newly hired learners age 18 or older (for no more than 90 days), students employed by institutions of higher education, and minors under age 18. Less than minimum wage permitted for handicapped workers under special certificates. Persons employed under the Job Training Partnership Act, Youth Employment Act, or Older Americans Act must be paid at rates required by those Acts.

Overtime Pay Requirements:

1½ times regular rate after 40-hour week

Overtime Pay Exemptions:

Those employees exempt from the state minimum wage

Meal/Rest Period Requirements:

No specified state-level meal/rest period requirements. Federal FLSA meal/rest period requirements apply for those covered by Act.

Additional Info:

Swimming Pools and Aquatics