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Preliminary application forms ES-774 and 775 are to be completed and returned to the Pesticide program, 1200 First Street, 5th Floor NE, Washington, DC 20002. These forms can be obtained online or by calling the Pesticide program.
If you are applying through reciprocity, include the state in which you are certified (MD, VA, DE, WVA, PA, NJ) and provide copy of the current license from that state. If you would like to qualify through examination, you should check the appropriate box. Certification examinations are held six times per year.
The Pesticide Program will process these forms and if approved, Basic Business License (BBL) forms will be mailed to you along with directions to the Licensing Administration. In addition, the Licensing Administration will require proof of insurance and other information about your company. Please call that office at (202) 442-4311 and verify their requirements.
Upon receiving the licenses, you must return to our office, present the licenses, and we will make and issue a photo ID to the Certified Licensed Applicator.
The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations Title 20 requires that each place of business that advertises for or conducts pest control activities in the District of Columbia, including governmental and state agencies, be licensed.
Forms ES-774 and 775 are required to be completed and returned to the Pesticide Program (address on forms). Improper completion of these forms will delay the licensing process. If you have any questions regarding Certification in the District of Columbia, please contact the Pesticide Branch at (202) 535-2600, or fax inquiries to at (202) 481-3770.
Upon receipt of forms ES-774 and 775, the Pesticide Program will review your application for approval. When approved, the DCRA BBL application forms for a Pesticide Operators License and Certified Pesticide Applicators License(s) will be prepared, signed then mailed. Licensing cannot be obtained without authorization of the Pesticide Program staff.
You will also need to contact the Pesticide Program to make arrangements to obtain photo I.D. card(s) for each licensed pesticide applicator. Most companies arrange to get their I.D. card(s) immediately after obtaining the licenses. Please make an appointment for I.D. cards. Obtaining a licensed without obtaining the Certified Applicator I.D. makes all pesticide application illegal. Pesticide applicators must carry their photo ID cards when applying pesticides.
To obtain your licenses, take your BBL forms with the Pesticide Program authorization stamp to the Business Service Division of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, located at 1104 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please read the following two pages of requirements carefully. You may contact them on (202) 442-4311 if you have questions. In order to obtain a Pesticide Operator's License, the Business Service Division will require the following information and/or documents where applicable. This information and/or documents must be made available to the Business Service Division at the time of final licensing.
$100,000 each person
$15,000 each occurrence
$30,000 each aggregate
A 10-day cancellation clause.
District of Columbia Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Business Service Division
1104 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
If the company or Government office you are working for already has a Pesticide Operators license and you are applying for a Pesticide Applicator's License, you are not required to comply with the above requirements (Items 1-5).
If you have questions regarding Licensing in the District of Columbia, please contact the Business Service Division at (202) 442-4311, or the Pesticide Program on (202) 535-2600.