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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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Building Permits and Architectural Plans

To request building permits and blue prints or technical drawings, researchers must visit the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection, at 1100 4th Street, SW, or submit a request online (note that you are looking for assistance with "building permits and plans" and the put the address of the property in the box for more information). DCRA staff will route your request to the DC Archives if appropriate. DC Archives staff will process your request and contact you to schedule an appointment to review or pick up documents.

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(202) 671-1105
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(202) 727-6076
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Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 5 pm