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What type of licenses are available?

Class A Operator License permits physical and mobile wagering within the licensed physical location, as well as mobile wagering within the 2-blocks surrounding the licensed location. No other form of sports wagering may be licensed within a Class A facility or within the 2-blocks surrounding the licensed Class A facility.

Class B Operator License authorizes physical and mobile sports wagering at businesses located within the District. All wagering, including mobile, offered by a Class B Operator must be conducted on Premise within the physical confines of the licensed location. There is no restriction on the type of business a Class B Operator can be (could be a bar, restaurant or hotel setting as just a few examples), though it cannot be in business solely for the purpose of sports wagering. There is no designation where a Class B facility must be located. However, it is important to note that a Class B Operator License cannot be issued within 2-blocks surrounding a Class A facility or within areas of the District where gambling is restricted.

Management Services Provider or “MSP” License permits an independent entity affiliated with a licensed Operator (Class A or Class B) to conduct sports wagering operations on its behalf at its licensed location. If a Class A or Class B Operator chooses to engage an MSP to manage its sportsbook operations, both the Operator and MSP must be licensed by the OLG and the applications for licensure should be submitted in tandem for optimal review.

How many skins are permitted per license?

One skin per license or registered subsidiary within the state

Class A Operator Licenses are limited to four total and are restricted to sports wagering operations at each of the following facilities:

  • Audi Field
  • Capital One Arena
  • Nationals Park
  • Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena

There is no limit on the number of Class B Operator Licenses that the OLG may issue. However, the OLG has the discretion to deny a sports wagering application if it is not in the best economic interest of the District.

How do you apply for a license?


What are the integrity fees?



What is the current tax rate?

Tax on GGR is set at 10%, on top of a one-time license fee of $500,000 for a Class A Operator License or $100,000 for a Class B Operator License


Is there a self-exclusion register in the state?


Is sports betting legal? 


Sports betting is now legal in Washington DC as of July 2020. The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, as amended by Act 23-2, was signed into law on January 23, 2019, and transmitted to the U.S. Congress for review on February 7, 2019. This legislation cleared congressional review and became law on May 3, 2019. The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) adopted rules and regulations on August 30, 2019 and opened the licensing process in early December 2019.

The law includes single-game bets, teaser bets, parlays, over-under, moneyline pools, exchange wagering, in-game wagering, in-play bets, proposition bets and straight bets on sporting events.

The District of Colombia Government Office of Lottery and Gaming operate a state betting operator called Gambet, however independent operators are able to apply for local licenses.

Regulator details

District of Colombia Government Office of Lottery and Gaming

Regulation and Oversight Department

2235 Shannon Place, S.E.
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 788-2100


Is sports betting permitted online?

A Class A Operator may operate online/mobile sports wagering within its licensed facility and within the 2-block zone surrounding the facility. A Class B Operator may operate mobile sports wagering within the confines of its licensed facility.

Mobile applications and online platforms are limited to one skin per licensed location.

Is there any specific legislation for daily fantasy sports?

No official law on DFS has been passed in DC, although it is still widely carried out.


What legislation, if any, is currently pending?