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Notary Services: Contact (202) 727-3117, Open for walk-in 9 am - 1 pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays, Location: 441 4th Street, NW.

The Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia announces the new Digital Archive for the Office of Public Records and Archives. This repository will make historical records from the DC Archives available digitally to the public for historical and genealogical research.

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Office of the Secretary


The Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia provides protocol, authentication, ceremonial and public records management services on behalf of the Mayor and District government agencies. In addition to managing the District of Columbia's Archives, commissioning all District of Columbia notaries public and publishing the District of Columbia Register and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, the Office of the Secretary is responsible for maintaining official records of mayoral actions, receiving legal process for actions against the Mayor, preparing executive orders, proclamations, directives and administrative issuances and acting as liaison between the government and the diplomatic community.

The Secretary of the District of Columbia is the custodian of the Seal of the District of Columbia and attests to the appropriate use of the Seal and authenticity of official records, bond documents and other official documents of the executive branch. The Secretary is parallel to the Secretary of State for the various states and serves as the Chief Protocol Officer of the District. The Secretary is a member of the following entities:

The Secretary also serves as the Secretary of State of the District of Columbia, is a member of the National Association of Secretaries of State and works with this organization to further the cause of Statehood and full Congressional representation for the residents of the District of Columbia.

Contact Information

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 419
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-6306
Fax: (202) 727-3582
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 9 am-5:30 pm

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