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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:
    • 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

    • * 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.

  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

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