Join the Guild - Tour Guide Membership

Applying as a Guild Tour Guide is a three-step process.


  1. Become a DC Licensed Tour Guide

    You must obtain a DC Tour Guide License from the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration.

  2. Pass the Guild Tour Guide Exam

    You may take the exam online.

  3. Apply for Membership and Pay Dues

    After steps 1 and 2 above have been completed, you may apply for membership online, submit the required paperwork online, and pay your dues online.

Once the 3 tasks above have been completed, your Membership Application will be presented to the Guild Board of Directors.  Applications should be submitted online by the 20th of the month (June-February) to be reviewed by Membership Co-Chairs for presentation at the next month’s Board of Directors meeting. Incomplete application packages will not be considered. 


Membership Dues are pro-rated depending on the month you join. Membership Dues for one full year January - December is currently $90. Guides approved for membership in February pay dues of $80; March dues $70; July dues $60; August dues $50; September dues $40; October dues $30; November dues $20; December dues $10.

The Guild Board considers applications for membership at their monthly meetings held January through March and again at their monthly meetings held July through December. The Board does not meet after the first Monday in March through June which is "high tour season” and no applications for membership are reviewed during that time.  If your application package is to be considered for the July Board meeting, Membership Co-Chairs request that you complete your application after June 1st of the current year using the procedures described above. 


You can expect favorable consideration if your application package meets the criteria outlined above. Once the Board has acted on new member applications, acceptance notifications and membership materials are then sent to each approved applicant.