District of Columbia Captive Domicile Summary

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Washington, DC, is not only the US capital; it also is one of the oldest and largest captive insurance company domiciles in the United States.

District of Columbia lawmakers passed the captive statute back in 2000 and since then the domicile has grown significantly. In 2019, 148 captives were licensed in the District of Columbia, up from 128 in 2015.

Captive sponsors and others say there are several reasons, including a top regulatory staff, for why they selected the District of Columbia.


Captive Domicile Statistics

Total Captive Count*
District of Columbia
Year Captives
2019  148
2018 154
2017 140
2016 135
2015 128
*Includes active and inactive captives and cell captives.

Captives' Gross Written Premiums
District of Columbia
Year Gross Premium
2019 $1.7 billion 
2018 $1.4 billion
2017 $5.0 billion
2016 $787.4 million
2015 $742.0 million

Captive Domicile Contacts

For more information, contact
Dana Sheppard
Acting Deputy Commissioner
Associate Commissioner, Risk Finance Bureau
District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
1050 First Street NE, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442–7820
Email: [email protected]

Captive Events

The Captive Insurance Council of the District of Columbia, Inc., was formed back in 2001 to represent the corporate and association community interested in operating captive insurance companies in the District of Columbia. The Council also holds conferences to keep members informed on captive issues.

Meetings cover a range of topics, including the advantages of setting up a captive insurance company.

More information about the Council is available on its website.

Captive Domicile News