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Filing Documents

You may file documents with the Office of Administrative Hearings by email, by mail, by fax, or in person. If you plan to come in person, please check OAH's Modified Operating Schedule for current open hours. 

The preferred method of filing is to complete the filing documents online form.

The alternative options for filing documents are:

  • In person. The Office of Administrative Hearings is located at 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450 North. The building is located above the Judiciary Square Metro stop (“Courts” exit) on the Red Line. The D6 Metro bus stops at the corner of Fourth and E Streets NW. Visitors access OAH using the North Lobby elevators. Please check OAH's Modified Operating Schedule for open hours. 
  • Email. Documents in PDF form may be emailed to [email protected] (papers sent to any other OAH email address will NOT be accepted for filing). Emailed filings must also contain an OAH Cover Sheet
  • Postal Mail. Documents sent by postal mail must be address to the Office of Administrative Hearings, 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450N, Washington, DC 20001. 
  • Fax. The OAH fax number is (202) 442-4789. 

Every paper filed by e-mail must contain the following (see OAH Rule 2810):

  • The name, mailing address, telephone number and email address of the person filing it;
  • The OAH case number, or a statement that a case number has not yet been assigned;
  • A brief description of the paper (e.g., “request for hearing,” “motion for new hearing date,” “exhibits/documents for hearing.”).

A filing that does not contain information as listed in OAH Rule 2810 is subject to rejection. The OAH Cover Sheet can be used to satisfy this requirement. Note: The brief description of the paper also should be placed in the "subject" line of the email. 

All papers to be filed electronically must be in PDF format. The papers should be attached to an email, and not contained in the body of the email. 

The filing date for an electronic filing received during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time, on any business day) will be the date it is received in the correct OAH electronic mailbox. The filing date for an electronic filing received after OAH business hours will be the next day that the Clerk's Office is open for business. The date recorded in the correct OAH electronic mailbox shall be conclusive proof of the date and time that the email was received. 

Once a case has been started, any documents filed must also be sent to the other parties in the case. You can send any documents to the other parties by in-person hand delivery, first class mail, or fax (if available). You can email documents to the other parties ONLY IF there has been a prior agreement to do so. However, to send documents to the other parties, you must file a Certificate of Service saying that you have sent the documents to the other parties in the case and the way in which you sent them.