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Temporary Credentials

​Temporary credentials may be issued, permitting the privileges of the galleries to individuals who meet the rules of eligibility, but who may be on short-term assignment or temporarily residing in Washington.


Instructions for Applying

  1. Submit a letter of introduction* on publication letterhead with the signature of the bureau chief or managing editor. The letter should:

    * A sample letter of introduction in MS Word format is available for download. Please note: Our office prefers an original, hard copy of the letter.

    • Verify full-time employment
    • Justify the need of Congressional press credentials
    • Guarantee that the applicant has read and will abide by the rules and a contact number for the signatory

  2. Submit two recent copies of the publication are required for review purposes.

  3. Our office may request additional information and/or materials.

For more information about covering a congressional event or obtaining temporary credentials, please contact our office at 202-225-2941 or

House Periodical Press Gallery - H-304, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC 20515

202-225-2941 |