Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII. Domestication.


§ 29–407.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Domesticated corporation” means the domesticating corporation as it continues in existence after a domestication.

(2) “Domesticating corporation” means the domestic nonprofit corporation that adopts a plan of domestication pursuant to § 29-407.03 or the foreign nonprofit corporation that approves a domestication pursuant to its organic law.

(3) “Domestication” means a transaction authorized by this subchapter.

(4) “Surviving corporation” means the corporation as it continues in existence immediately after consummation of a domestication pursuant to this subchapter.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)


§ 29–407.02. Domestication.

(a) A foreign nonprofit corporation may become a domestic nonprofit corporation only if the domestication is authorized by the law of the foreign jurisdiction.

(b) A domestic nonprofit corporation may become a foreign nonprofit corporation if the domestication is permitted by the laws of the foreign jurisdiction. Regardless of whether the laws of the foreign jurisdiction require the adoption of a plan of domestication, the domestication shall be approved by the adoption by the corporation of a plan of domestication in the manner provided in this subtitle [subchapter].

(c) The plan of domestication shall include:

(1) A statement of the jurisdiction in which the corporation is to be domesticated;

(2) The terms and conditions of the domestication;

(3) The manner and basis of canceling or reclassifying the memberships of the corporation following its domestication into memberships, obligations, rights to acquire memberships, cash, other property, or any combination of the foregoing; and

(4) Any desired amendments to the articles of incorporation or bylaws of the corporation following its domestication.

(d) The plan of domestication may also include a provision that the plan may be amended prior to filing the document required by the laws of the District or the other jurisdiction to consummate the domestication; provided, that subsequent to approval of the plan by the members, the plan shall not be amended without the approval of the members to change:

(1) The amount or kind of memberships, obligations, rights to acquire memberships, cash, or other property to be received by the members under the plan;

(2) The articles of incorporation as they will be in effect immediately following the domestication, except for changes permitted by § 29-408.05 or by comparable provisions of the laws of the other jurisdiction; or

(3) Any of the other terms or conditions of the plan if the change would adversely affect any of the members in any material respect.

(e) Terms of a plan of domestication may be made dependent upon facts objectively ascertainable outside the plan in accordance with § 29-401.04.

(f) If any debt security, note, or similar evidence of indebtedness for money borrowed, whether secured or unsecured, or a contract of any kind, issued, incurred or executed by a domestic nonprofit corporation before the effective date of this chapter contains a provision applying to a merger of the corporation and the document does not refer to a domestication of the corporation, the provision shall be deemed to apply to a domestication of the corporation until such time as the provision is amended subsequent to that date.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)


§ 29–407.03. Action on plan of domestication.

In the case of a domestication of a domestic nonprofit corporation in a foreign jurisdiction:

(1) The plan of domestication shall be adopted by the board of directors.

(2) After adopting the plan of domestication, the board of directors shall submit the plan to the members for their approval if there are members entitled to vote on the plan. The board of directors shall also transmit to the members a recommendation that the members approve the plan, unless the board of directors makes a determination that because of conflicts of interest or other special circumstances, it should not make such a recommendation, in which case the board of directors shall transmit to the members the basis for that determination.

(3) The board of directors may condition its submission of the plan of domestication to the members on any basis.

(4) If the approval of the members is to be given at a meeting, the corporation shall notify each member, whether or not entitled to vote, of the meeting of members at which the plan of domestication is to be submitted for approval. The notice shall state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider the plan and shall contain or be accompanied by a copy or summary of the plan. The notice shall include or be accompanied by a copy of the articles of incorporation and bylaws as they will be in effect immediately after the domestication.

(5) Unless the articles of incorporation or bylaws, or the board of directors acting pursuant to paragraph (3) of this subsection, requires a greater vote or a greater number of votes to be present, the approval of the plan of domestication by the members shall require the approval of the members at a meeting at which a quorum exists, and, if any class of members is entitled to vote as a separate group on the plan, the approval of each such separate voting group at a meeting at which a quorum of the voting group exists.

(6) Separate voting by voting groups shall be required by each class of members that:

(A) Are to be reclassified under the plan of domestication into a different class of memberships, or into obligations, rights to acquire memberships, cash, other property, or any combination of the foregoing;

(B) Would be entitled to vote as a separate group on a provision of the plan that, if contained in a proposed amendment to articles of incorporation, would require action by separate voting groups under § 29-408.04; or

(C) Is entitled under the articles of incorporation or bylaws to vote as a voting group to approve an amendment of the articles.

(7) If any provision of the articles of incorporation, bylaws, or an agreement to which any of the directors, members of a designated body, or members are parties, adopted or entered into before the effective date of this chapter, applies to a merger of the corporation and that document does not refer to a domestication of the corporation, the provision shall be deemed to apply to a domestication of the corporation until such time as the provision is amended subsequent to that date.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 29-407.01.


§ 29–407.04. Articles of domestication.

(a) Articles of domestication shall be signed on behalf of the domesticating corporation by any officer or other duly authorized representative. The articles shall set forth:

(1) The name and jurisdiction of incorporation of the domesticating corporation;

(2) The name and jurisdiction of incorporation of the domesticated entity; and

(3) If the domesticating corporation is a domestic nonprofit corporation, a statement that the plan of domestication was approved in accordance with this subtitle [subchapter] or, if the domesticating corporation is a foreign nonprofit corporation, a statement that the domestication was approved in accordance with the law of its jurisdiction of incorporation.

(b) If the domesticated corporation is a domestic nonprofit corporation, the articles of domestication shall either contain all of the provisions that § 29-402.02(a) requires to be set forth in articles of incorporation and any other desired provisions that § 29-402.02(b) and (c) permits to be included in articles of incorporation, or must have attached articles of incorporation. In either case, provisions that would not be required to be included in restated articles of incorporation may be omitted, except that the name and address of the initial registered agent of the domesticated corporation shall be included. The name of the domesticated corporation shall satisfy the requirements of § 29-103.01.

(c) The articles of domestication shall be delivered to the Mayor for filing and take effect at the effective time provided in § 29-102.03.

(d) If the domesticating corporation is a registered foreign nonprofit corporation, its certificate of registration shall be canceled automatically on the effective date of its domestication.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720; Mar. 5, 2013, D.C. Law 19-210, § 2(d)(15), 59 DCR 13171.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-210 substituted “registered” for “qualified” in (d).

Editor's Notes

Application of Law 19-210: Section 7 of D.C. Law 19-210 provided that the act shall apply as of January 1, 2012.


§ 29–407.05. Effect of domestication.

(a) When a domestication becomes effective:

(1) The title to all real and personal property, both tangible and intangible, of the domesticating corporation shall remain in the domesticated corporation without reversion or impairment;

(2) The liabilities of the domesticating corporation shall remain the liabilities of the domesticated corporation;

(3) An action or proceeding pending against the domesticating corporation shall continue against the domesticated corporation as if the domestication had not occurred;

(4) The articles of domestication, or the articles of incorporation attached to the articles of domestication, shall constitute the articles of incorporation of a foreign corporation domesticating in the District;

(5) The memberships in the domesticating corporation shall be reclassified into memberships, obligations, rights to acquire memberships, or cash or other property in accordance with the terms of the domestication, and the members shall be entitled only to the rights provided by those terms; and

(6) The domesticating corporation shall be deemed to be:

(A) Incorporated under and subject to the organic law of the domesticated corporation for all purposes; and

(B) The same corporation without interruption as the domesticating corporation.

(b) The interest holder liability of a member in a foreign nonprofit corporation that is domesticated in the District shall be as follows:

(1) The domestication shall not discharge any interest holder liability under the laws of the foreign jurisdiction to the extent any such interest holder liability arose before the effective time of the articles of domestication.

(2) The member shall not have interest holder liability under the laws of the foreign jurisdiction for any debt, obligation, or liability of the corporation that arises after the effective time of the articles of domestication.

(3) The laws of the foreign jurisdiction shall continue to apply to the collection or discharge of any interest holder liability preserved by paragraph (1) of this subsection, as if the domestication had not occurred.

(4) The member has whatever rights of contribution from other members are provided by the laws of the foreign jurisdiction with respect to any interest holder liability preserved by paragraph (1) of this subsection, as if the domestication had not occurred.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 29-406.58.


§ 29–407.06. Abandonment of a domestication.

(a) Unless otherwise provided in a plan of domestication of a domestic nonprofit corporation, after the plan has been adopted and approved as required by this subtitle [subchapter], and at any time before the domestication has become effective, it may be abandoned by the board of directors without action by the members.

(b) If a domestication is abandoned under subsection (a) of this section after articles of domestication have been delivered to the Mayor for filing but before the domestication has become effective, a statement that the domestication has been abandoned in accordance with this section, signed by an officer or other duly authorized representative, shall be delivered to the Mayor for filing prior to the effective date of the domestication. The statement shall be effective upon filing and the domestication shall be abandoned and shall not become effective.

(c) If the domestication of a foreign nonprofit corporation in the District is abandoned in accordance with the laws of the foreign jurisdiction after articles of domestication have been delivered to the Mayor for filing , a statement that the domestication has been abandoned, signed by an officer or other duly authorized representative, shall be delivered to the Mayor for filing. The statement shall be effective upon filing and the domestication shall be abandoned and shall not become effective.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720; Mar. 5, 2013, D.C. Law 19-210, § 2(d)(16), 59 DCR 13171.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-210 substituted “delivered to the Mayor for filing” for “filed with the Mayor” in (b) and (c).

Editor's Notes

Application of Law 19-210: Section 7 of D.C. Law 19-210 provided that the act shall apply as of January 1, 2012.