Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia

Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia Office of Secretary of DC is DC Archives, Ceremonial Docs, Notary Services, International Relations, DC Register for DC Mayor, Government & DC residents.

The Office of the Secretary provides protocol, authentication and public records management services to the Mayor and District government agencies. In addition to managing the District of Columbia's Archives, commissioning all District of Columbia Notaries Public, and publishing the District of Columbia Register and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, the Office of the Secretary is res

The Office of the Secretary provides protocol, authentication and public records management services to the Mayor and District government agencies. In addition to managing the District of Columbia's Archives, commissioning all District of Columbia Notaries Public, and publishing the District of Columbia Register and the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, the Office of the Secretary is res

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Thank you, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, for inviting me to join the Embassy of Ireland yesterday evening on the occasion o...
09/24/2021

Thank you, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, for inviting me to join the Embassy of Ireland yesterday evening on the occasion of Foreign Minister Simon Coveney’s visit to Washington, DC. Minister Coveney, it was a pleasure to meet you! #WeAreDC 🇮🇪

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser met with Ambassador Fitsum, the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the U.S. 🇪🇹 Washington, DC has shared ...
09/24/2021

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser met with Ambassador Fitsum, the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the U.S. 🇪🇹 Washington, DC has shared a Sister City Agreement with Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, since 2013! #WeAreDC

Today, Deputy Secretary Alma Candelaria and #TeamOS’ newest member, Terry Handy, Director of Ceremonial Services attende...
09/16/2021

Today, Deputy Secretary Alma Candelaria and #TeamOS’ newest member, Terry Handy, Director of Ceremonial Services attended the first day of Mayor Bowser’s 4th Annual National Maternal & Infant Health Summit! #WeAreDC #DCValues

Yesterday, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Her Excellency Sonia Guzmán, joined Mayor Bowser for the #FiestaDC Para...
09/13/2021

Yesterday, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Her Excellency Sonia Guzmán, joined Mayor Bowser for the #FiestaDC Parade of Nations, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Thank you, Ambassador, for joining in the festivities and thank you to our Dominican neighbors for your contributions to our world-class city! #WeAreDC #SomosDC

Yesterday, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Her Excellency Sonia Guzmán, joined Mayor Bowser for the #FiestaDC Parade of Nations, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Thank you, Ambassador, for joining in the festivities and thank you to our Dominican neighbors for your contributions to our world-class city! #WeAreDC #SomosDC

Timeline Photos
09/11/2021

Timeline Photos

I hereby proclaim September 11, 2021 in our nation's capital as "September 11, 2001 Day of Remembrance" and call on all Washingtonians to pause, honor, and remember those lost that terrible day and those who bravely served. #NeverForget

Photos from Mayor Bowser's post
09/11/2021

Photos from Mayor Bowser's post

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is open! It was an honor to join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holme...
09/07/2021

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is open! It was an honor to join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Ambassador of Ireland, His Excellency Dan Mulhall, members of the Douglass Family, and the District Department of Transportation for the official ribbon cutting earlier today. Thank you to all those who made this incredible project come to life! #WeAreDC #DCProud

Yesterday, our team at the Office of the Secretary joined Mayor Muriel Bowser for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge...
09/07/2021

Yesterday, our team at the Office of the Secretary joined Mayor Muriel Bowser for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge 5K & Community Celebration! Thank you to everyone who came out to run, walk, and celebrate the legacy of Frederick Douglass- including Austin (90) and Ann (83) Naughton, who came all the way from New Jersey- with us this Labor Day! #WeAreDC #DCProud

Happy #WomensEqualityDay! Thank you to Mayor Bowser, the Mayor's Office of Women's Policy and Initiatives, and the DC Co...
08/27/2021

Happy #WomensEqualityDay! Thank you to Mayor Bowser, the Mayor's Office of Women's Policy and Initiatives, and the DC Commission for Women for an incredible event tonight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, honoring the 101st anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and powerful women leaders here in DC and across the nation- both past and present! #WeAreDC

I had the pleasure of meeting with Her Excellency, Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze of the African Union Mission to the Uni...
08/25/2021

I had the pleasure of meeting with Her Excellency, Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze of the African Union Mission to the United States this afternoon. The African Union Mission to the United States represents 55 African countries and is the first bilateral diplomatic mission of the African Union. Thank you, Ambassador, for an inspiring and engaging conversation. I am so happy to welcome you to Washington, DC! #WeAreDC 🌎

It’s always a pleasure to join Meridian International Center! Thank you, Ambassador Holliday, for hosting tonight’s annu...
08/12/2021

It’s always a pleasure to join Meridian International Center! Thank you, Ambassador Holliday, for hosting tonight’s annual reception honoring White House #TeamSocial, embassy social secretaries, and cultural attachés here in Washington, DC! #WeAreDC

Join community members from across the city for food, fun, and music as we get ready for the first day of school with a ...
08/10/2021

Join community members from across the city for food, fun, and music as we get ready for the first day of school with a Block Party!

🗓️Saturday, August 14th
📍Woody Ward Rec Center
⏰12 - 3 pm

#TakeTheShotDC

Mayor Bowser

Join community members from across the city for food, fun, and music as we get ready for the first day of school with a Block Party!

🗓️Saturday, August 14th
📍Woody Ward Rec Center
⏰12 - 3 pm

#TakeTheShotDC

Mayor Bowser

Today is #NationalInternDay & Team OS would like to recognize our amazing intern, Tanvi Mehta, for all of her hard work ...
07/29/2021

Today is #NationalInternDay & Team OS would like to recognize our amazing intern, Tanvi Mehta, for all of her hard work this summer! Thank you, Tanvi! #WeAreDC #DCProud 👏💚

Today is #NationalInternDay & Team OS would like to recognize our amazing intern, Tanvi Mehta, for all of her hard work this summer! Thank you, Tanvi! #WeAreDC #DCProud 👏💚

It was a pleasure to virtually meet with our Ghana Sister Cities International colleagues yesterday! Washington, DC’s Si...
07/29/2021

It was a pleasure to virtually meet with our Ghana
Sister Cities International colleagues yesterday! Washington, DC’s Sister City Agreement with Accra, the capital city of Ghana, was signed in 2006 and remains a treasured partnership between our two cities! #WeAreDC

It was a pleasure to virtually meet with our Ghana
Sister Cities International colleagues yesterday! Washington, DC’s Sister City Agreement with Accra, the capital city of Ghana, was signed in 2006 and remains a treasured partnership between our two cities! #WeAreDC

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Ambassador Oksana Markarova and welcoming her to Washington, DC! Thank you to b...
07/27/2021

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Ambassador Oksana Markarova and welcoming her to Washington, DC! Thank you to both the Ambassador and the staff at the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Посольство України в США for a wonderful meeting. #WeAreDC

It was an honor to join Secretary Blinken, Minister Le Drian, and Ambassador Etienne for the celebration of 2021 #Bastil...
07/15/2021

It was an honor to join Secretary Blinken, Minister Le Drian, and Ambassador Etienne for the celebration of 2021 #BastilleDay and the inauguration of #Liberty2021! I am excited that our world-class city now has a Statue of Liberty of its own, representing freedom and friendship! #ViveLaLiberty #WeAreDC 🇫🇷 French Embassy in the U.S.

It’s Monday, July 12th, which means #DCIsOpen and the Office of the Secretary is thrilled to be welcoming back all membe...
07/12/2021

It’s Monday, July 12th, which means #DCIsOpen and the Office of the Secretary is thrilled to be welcoming back all members of the DC Archives, the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances, and Notary Office with ice cream and #DCSwag as DC Government returns to work today! #WeAreDC Mayor Bowser

The Anacostia CoordinatingCouncil, a recipient of Mayor Bowser's 2021 DC Democracy Grant is calling for all DC middle sc...
06/30/2021

The Anacostia CoordinatingCouncil, a recipient of
Mayor Bowser's 2021 DC Democracy Grant is calling for all DC middle school & high school students to take part in the Youth Voices for Statehood Essay, Poetry & Speech Competition! Submit your entry by July 20, 2021! #WeAreDC #DCStatehood

The Anacostia CoordinatingCouncil, a recipient of
Mayor Bowser's 2021 DC Democracy Grant is calling for all DC middle school & high school students to take part in the Youth Voices for Statehood Essay, Poetry & Speech Competition! Submit your entry by July 20, 2021! #WeAreDC #DCStatehood

Today I joined DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Embassy & Consulates of Ireland USA, DC Cham...
06/30/2021

Today I joined DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Embassy & Consulates of Ireland USA, DC Chamber of Commerce, and the team at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the 2021 Virtual Trade Mission with Ireland! I am excited to see the expansion of international trade and business that this mission will successfully bring to Washington, DC! #WeAreDC #DCIsOpen 🇨🇮

This morning, Deputy Secretary Alma Candelaria joined the DC History Center, a 2021 DC Democracy Grant recipient, for th...
05/15/2021

This morning, Deputy Secretary Alma Candelaria joined the DC History Center, a 2021 DC Democracy Grant recipient, for their virtual “Edit-a-thon” to enhance Wikipedia entries related to key figures & organizations critical to the history of Home Rule & the fight for #DCStatehood! #WeAreDC

This morning, Deputy Secretary Alma Candelaria joined the DC History Center, a 2021 DC Democracy Grant recipient, for their virtual “Edit-a-thon” to enhance Wikipedia entries related to key figures & organizations critical to the history of Home Rule & the fight for #DCStatehood! #WeAreDC

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by volunteering in the second DC COVID-19 Community Corps Day of Action: 🗓️ May 22, ...
05/12/2021

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by volunteering in the second DC COVID-19 Community Corps Day of Action:

🗓️ May 22, 2021
🕘 9 am, 11 am
🤳 RSVP: bit.ly/dayofactiondc

#DCHOPE #TakeTheShotDC

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by volunteering in the second DC COVID-19 Community Corps Day of Action:

🗓️ May 22, 2021
🕘 9 am, 11 am
🤳 RSVP: bit.ly/dayofactiondc

#DCHOPE #TakeTheShotDC

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps day of action:  🗓 May 1, 2021  🕘...
04/30/2021

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps day of action:
🗓 May 1, 2021
🕘 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm
🤳 RSVP: bit.ly/dayofactiondc

#DCHOPE

Help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps day of action:
🗓 May 1, 2021
🕘 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm
🤳 RSVP: bit.ly/dayofactiondc

#DCHOPE

Next stop, the U.S. Senate! #DCStatehoodNOW! #WeAreDC
04/22/2021

Next stop, the U.S. Senate! #DCStatehoodNOW! #WeAreDC

Hop in - we're taking this to the Senate.

#DCStatehood now!

I stand with Mayor Bowser and the 712,000 residents of Washington, DC for today’s historic #DCStatehood House vote! It i...
04/22/2021

I stand with Mayor Bowser and the 712,000 residents of Washington, DC for today’s historic #DCStatehood House vote! It is time to end one of the biggest civil rights injustices of our time! #WeAreDC #DCStatehoodNow

I stand with Mayor Bowser and the 712,000 residents of Washington, DC for today’s historic #DCStatehood House vote! It is time to end one of the biggest civil rights injustices of our time! #WeAreDC #DCStatehoodNow

Call for volunteers! You can help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps day...
04/20/2021

Call for volunteers! You can help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps day of action:

🗓️ May 1, 2021
⏰ 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm
✒️ RSVP: bit.ly/dayofactiondc

#DCHOPE

Call for volunteers! You can help us get DC residents vaccinated by participating in the DC COVID-19 Community Corps day of action:

🗓️ May 1, 2021
⏰ 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm
✒️ RSVP: bit.ly/dayofactiondc

#DCHOPE

The premiere of “Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Demo...
04/16/2021

The premiere of “Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy” will air at 4:00 PM today:

1️⃣ WUSA 9
2️⃣Huntington/Charleston, WV (WOWK13News)
3️⃣Wheeling, WV (WTRF7News)
4️⃣Lewisburg, WV (WVNS59News)
5️⃣Moorefield, WV (Channel 27)

AND at 8:00 PM on DCN (DC Channel 16)!

Happy #DCEmancipationDay! #DCStatehoodNow

The premiere of “Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy” will air at 4:00 PM today:

1️⃣ WUSA 9
2️⃣Huntington/Charleston, WV (WOWK13News)
3️⃣Wheeling, WV (WTRF7News)
4️⃣Lewisburg, WV (WVNS59News)
5️⃣Moorefield, WV (Channel 27)

AND at 8:00 PM on DCN (DC Channel 16)!

Happy #DCEmancipationDay! #DCStatehoodNow

Happy #DCEmancipationDay! Today marks the 159th commemoration of the Compensated Emancipation Act. On this day of April ...
04/16/2021

Happy #DCEmancipationDay!

Today marks the 159th commemoration of the Compensated Emancipation Act. On this day of April 16, 2021, let us reflect on our past, in order to ensure our future, as we continue our fight for equality, justice, full representation, and #DCStatehood.

Today, on DC Emancipation Day, we remember the more than 3,000 slaves set free in the District 159 years ago.

Because a voice in government is fundamental to our freedom, today we acknowledge our fight for #DCStatehood.

Thank you to the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs for inviting me to speak tonight at the #DCEmancipationDay Virtual ...
04/15/2021

Thank you to the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs for inviting me to speak tonight at the #DCEmancipationDay Virtual Kickoff Celebration, “From Enslavement to Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity"! #WeAreDC #DCStatehoodNow

What an incredible #DCEmancipationDay event, discussing #DCStatehood, current activism, and the path ahead to becoming t...
04/15/2021

What an incredible #DCEmancipationDay event, discussing #DCStatehood, current activism, and the path ahead to becoming the 51st state! Special thanks to former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Senator Paul Strauss, former US Representative Charles Moreland, Jamal Holtz, Lead Organizer of 51 for 51, and Bo Shuff, CEO of DC Vote for serving on our panel! #WeAreDC #DCStatehoodNow

Thank you, Dr. Frank Smith Jr., CEO of the African American Civil War Museum, for sharing your wealth of knowledge on th...
04/15/2021

Thank you, Dr. Frank Smith Jr., CEO of the African American Civil War Museum, for sharing your wealth of knowledge on the topics of Reconstruction, DC Emancipation & the Civil War with us on Tuesday evening, during our virtual #DCEmancipationDay panel “Reconstruction from 1865-1890 and its Impact Then & Now”!

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, April 16th, on #DCEmancipationDay, at 4:00 PM on WUSA-9 and 8:00 PM on DCN, for the premiere o...
04/15/2021

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, April 16th, on #DCEmancipationDay, at 4:00 PM on WUSA-9 and 8:00 PM on DCN, for the premiere of “Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy”, hosted by Andrea Roane and Bruce Johnson, narrated by Ralph Wesley, and produced by NEWorks Productions! This one-hour television special chronicles the long and complicated journey towards Washington, District of Columbia becoming our 51st state, Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. Featuring Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Jamie Raskin, The Honorable Eric Holder, The Honorable Muriel Bowser, The Honorable Vincent Gray, The Honorable Adrian Fenty, The Honorable Anthony Williams, The Honorable Sharon Pratt, Phil Mendelson, Linda Cropp, William Lightfoot, Ted Leonsis, Chef Jose Andres, John DeGioia, and more. #DCStatehoodNow #WeAreDC

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, April 16th, on #DCEmancipationDay, at 4:00 PM on WUSA-9 and 8:00 PM on DCN, for the premiere of “Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, From D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy”, hosted by Andrea Roane and Bruce Johnson, narrated by Ralph Wesley, and produced by NEWorks Productions! This one-hour television special chronicles the long and complicated journey towards Washington, District of Columbia becoming our 51st state, Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. Featuring Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Jamie Raskin, The Honorable Eric Holder, The Honorable Muriel Bowser, The Honorable Vincent Gray, The Honorable Adrian Fenty, The Honorable Anthony Williams, The Honorable Sharon Pratt, Phil Mendelson, Linda Cropp, William Lightfoot, Ted Leonsis, Chef Jose Andres, John DeGioia, and more. #DCStatehoodNow #WeAreDC

Join Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs tomorrow, April 15th, at 6:00 PM, for the DC Emancipation ...
04/14/2021

Join Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs tomorrow, April 15th, at 6:00 PM, for the DC Emancipation Day Virtual Kickoff Celebration “From Enslavement to Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity”! #WeAreDC

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Join Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs tomorrow, April 15th, at 6:00 PM, for the DC Emancipation Day Virtual Kickoff Celebration “From Enslavement to Statehood - Representation, Identity, and Diversity”! #WeAreDC

RSVP: ow.ly/shAu50Eje13

Tonight! Join us at 6:30 PM for “The Office of the Secretary Presents; DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, ...
04/14/2021

Tonight! Join us at 6:30 PM for “The Office of the Secretary Presents; DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, Former U.S. Representative Charles J. Moreland, DC Votes’s Bo Shuff & Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51." RSVP now at dcstatehoodnow.eventbrite.com! #WeAreDC

Tonight! Join us at 6:30 PM for “The Office of the Secretary Presents; DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, Former U.S. Representative Charles J. Moreland, DC Votes’s Bo Shuff & Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51." RSVP now at dcstatehoodnow.eventbrite.com! #WeAreDC

Tomorrow, April 14th, join us at 6:30 PM for “The Office of the Secretary Presents; DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor S...
04/13/2021

Tomorrow, April 14th, join us at 6:30 PM for “The Office of the Secretary Presents; DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, Former U.S. Representative Charles J. Moreland, DC Vote’s Bo Shuff & Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51." RSVP now at dcstatehoodnow.eventbrite.com! #WeAreDC

Tomorrow, April 14th, join us at 6:30 PM for “The Office of the Secretary Presents; DC Statehood Now with Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, Shadow Senator Paul Strauss, Former U.S. Representative Charles J. Moreland, DC Vote’s Bo Shuff & Jamal Holtz of 51 for 51." RSVP now at dcstatehoodnow.eventbrite.com! #WeAreDC

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1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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The Secretary’s mission is accomplished by six units: the Executive Office; the Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances; the Office of Protocol and International Affairs; the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications; the Office of Public Records Management, and; the Office of Ceremonial Services.

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Tuesday 9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 5:30pm
Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 9am - 5:30pm

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