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Information about the Office of Public Records

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Historical Documents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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Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

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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


Project Description: 

The new archival facility will address the records center storage needs of the District and provide a facility that meets the standards for records centers. It will consolidate current collections in one location and anticipate ongoing needs for space and support services. The archive requires facilities with highly specialized technical building systems that provide the controlled and secure environments necessary to ensure the long-term safety of the collections. The new facility will provide better security for the collections and enhanced access for the public, while allowing for future expansion. The project includes the selective removal of University of District of Columbia (UDC) Building #41 and construction of a new purpose-built facility to accommodate the updated program for the Office of Public Records.

History of the project

In 2014, the Office of the Secretary began in earnest efforts to construct a new Office of Public Records (OPR) facility for Washington, DC. A series of public meetings, forums and discussions were held and a search for a location began. In 2018, the University of the District of Columbia's (UDC) Van Ness campus was identified as the site of the new facility. After many studies, Building #41 at UDC was selected for the site of the archives. To accommodate OPR and its collections Building #41 must be demolished and a new purpose built facility constructed.

Where are we now

Today, with the assistance of the Department of General Services and a team of architects, the Office of the Secretary has begun the process of designing the new facility. The expected completion date is Winter 2026. 

Current Status

For updates on the current status of the project and to review project documents, please visit the DGS website at the link below: 

Public Comments:

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