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Effective January 2022, the Office of Public Records will suspend public research hours for walk-in researchers to the 1300 Naylor Court NW location. This location will remain open to requests from the public via our [email protected] portal to researchers. Any appointments that have been scheduled during the January 2022 time period will be rescheduled. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to serving you via our [email protected] portal or by telephone at (202) 671-1105.

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

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Administrative Issuances
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Official policy or position memos issued from the Mayor's Office.

Authenticate Documents
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How to have documents authenticated for domestic and foreign use.

Building Permits and Architectural Plans
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Information on how to get copies of building permits and architectural plans.

Official Documents Records icon
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Learn how to request a ceremonial document.
 

DC Embassies
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Information on embassies in the District.

DC Sister Cities
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DC partnerships with national capitals around the world.
DC Archives
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Information on accessing historical records at the DC Archives.

Historical Document Research
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Public Records Disposition Committee
Library of Government Information
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How to access data from the Library of Government Information.

Notary and Authentication Services
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Information on Notary commissions to qualified individuals who seek to become a DC notary.

Notary Commissions
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http://os.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/os/publication/attachments/Change%20of%20Name%20Form.pdf

Public Records Center
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How to access permanent and temporary records of the District government.

Publication and Regulatory Services
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Access DC Register publications online.

Researching Public Records
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Information on submitting a research request for Public Records.

Search for a Notary Public
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Map of notaries public in the District.