You may file documents with the Office of Administrative Hearings by e-mailing the documents, by coming in person to the office, by mail, or by facsimile.
The preferred method of filing is to complete the filing documents online form.
Other alternative options for filing documents are also available:
- coming in person to the Office of Administrative Hearings at 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450N, which is reached through the North Lobby elevators. The building itself is above the Judiciary Square stop (“Courts” exit) on Metro’s Red Line. The D1, D3 and D6 Metro buses stop at the corner of Fourth and E Streets NW. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- e-mailing the documents along with the OAH cover sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org (papers sent to any other e-mail address will NOT be accepted for filing)
- mailing the documents to the Office of Administrative Hearings, 441 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 450N, Washington, DC 20001
- faxing the documents to (202) 442-4789
Every paper filed by e-mail must contain the following (see OAH Rule 2810):
- The name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person filing it;
- The case number assigned by OAH, 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 this information 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 e-mail.
All papers to be filed electronically should be in .pdf format. The papers should be attached to an e-mail, and not contained in the body of the e-mail itself.
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 e-mail 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.