Become a Licensed DC Tour Guide

Training is essential to become a professional tour guide. Want to contact a tour guide trainer? Look for one who offers training in communication, presentation, and group management. You must know the history and culture of Washington, DC, its major tourist attractions, and how to move around the area. 

View a list of tour guide trainers

District of Columbia Licensing Regulations

"No person shall for hire guide or escort any person through or about the District of Columbia unless he/she shall have first secured a license to do so."

"Licenses must be clearly visible at all times for purposes of enforcement."

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 19, Section 47-2836.

For information about Washington, DC tour guide licensing, contact:

D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 442-4320

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 8:30am to 4:30pm; and Thursday; 9:30am to 4:30pm