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Records Management in the Government of the District of Columbia: How Do I Update My Records Schedule

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The Office of Public Records is mandated by DC Law 6-19 and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, Title 1, Chapter 15, to review and approve agency records retention schedules; train records officers in implementing the policies, procedures, and guidelines of managing records; collect, store, preserve, conserve and service historical records in the custody of the Archives; collect, store and service temporary records in the custody of the Records Center; and collect, store and service publications in the custody of the Library of Government Information. 

Public Records and Archive Services is managed and administered through the Office of Public Records and Archives.

Service Details: 

Deeds, Land and Property



Historical Documents

Research Building Permits and Architectural Plans

Related Services: 

District of Columbia Archives

Library of Government Information

Public Records Center

Service Contact: 

Office of Public Records, Administrator

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: (202) 671-1105

Contact Fax: (202) 727-6076

Contact TTY: 711

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm

Service Location: 

GIS Address: 

1300 Naylor Court, NW

Washington, DC 20001

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1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 419, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-6306
Fax: (202) 727-3582
TTY: 711
Alternate Number: Notary: (202) 727-3117

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Kimberly A. Bassett

Kimberly A. Bassett

Secretary of the District of Columbia

How Do I Update My Records Schedule?

How Do I Update My Records Schedule? 

The first step is to contact the your assigned Records and Information Specialist with a memo stating the intent to modify an existing agency retention schedule, and outlining the proposed modifications. Modifications should be submitted for review and approval to  the DC Archivist. Any proposed changes must be accompanied with justification for the modification.  All submissions must follow the current approved format for all retention schedules. If you do not know your assigned Records and Information Specialist, please contact the Office of Public Records at

Only a litigation hold, court order, audit, rule of law or legislation may supersede the scheduled disposition of a record series. 

To learn more about the requirements for records schedules please visit our List of Requirements