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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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Publication and Regulatory Services

Documents Published

DC Register

The DC Register is the official legal bulletin published by the District government and is the temporary supplement to the DC Municipal Regulations. Find a link to the DC Register Archive under related services.

The DC Register includes the following:

  • Council of the District of Columbia acts, laws and resolutions
  • Council of the District of Columbia notices
  • Notices of emergency, proposed and final regulations (agency rulemakings)
  • Notices of public hearings
  • Documents of general public interest

Issues of the DC Register beginning October 1, 2009, are available online. 
Issues of the DC Register from April 2003 through September 2009 are available online. See link under related services.
Hard copies of the DC Register from 1954 to September 2009 are available only at the Martin Luther King, Jr, Memorial Library's Washingtoniana Division, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information, call (202) 727-0321.

DC Municipal Regulations

The DC Municipal Regulations is the official compilation of the rules and regulations issued by District of Columbia agencies and the Council of the District of Columbia.

The DC Municipal Regulations contains 31 titles and is available online.

Administrative Issuances

Mayor’s Orders generally establish policy, direction, executive appointments, or delegation of authority for agencies under the authority of the Mayor. 

Mayor’s and Commissioner’s Orders beginning January 1973 are available online. 

The Mayor or agencies under the authority of the Mayor issue Mayor’s Memoranda to direct the application or implementation of a policy, announce an action or event, provide guidance, or clarify a previously stated policy or position.

Copies of Mayor’s Memoranda are available online. Or, you may obtain them by emailing the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances: [email protected].

Information for DC Government Agencies: Deadline for Submitting Documents for Publication

The deadline for submitting notices from Agencies, Boards, Commissions, and Public Charter schools is Thursday at noon of the previous week. Once an agency meets the Thursday noon deadline, ODAI publishes the notice on the Friday of the following week. For example, ODAI publishes a notice received by noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in the Friday, June 9, 2017 edition of the D.C. Register. The deadline for the DC Council is Wednesday at noon of the same week of publication.

The deadline for a Register to be published during a week that contains an official District of Columbia holiday, is noon on the Wednesday of the previous week. Because Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Independence Day is an official District of Columbia holiday, the deadline for the Friday, July 7, 2017 District of Columbia Register is Wednesday, noon on June 28, 2017. The deadline for the DC Council is Tuesday at noon of the same week.

If an official government holiday falls on a Thursday, the deadline for submitting documents is Wednesday. For example, the deadline for the November 24, 2017 District of Columbia Register is Wednesday, November 15, 2017 because Thursday, November 23, 2017 is Thanksgiving Day.

Submitting notices for publication:

If your agency or public charter school requires login access to submit notices at, the agency director, general counsel, or head of school must send a request to [email protected] with the name, email address and phone number of the individual authorized to submit notices on the agency’s or school’s behalf.

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Publication and Regulatory Services is managed and administered through the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances.

Related Services: 
Service Contact: 
Jennifer Campbell
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-5090
Contact Fax: 
(202) 727-6042
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
Suite 520 South
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Service Location: 

441 4th Street, NW

GIS Address: 
441 4th Street, NW