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Foreign Press Applicant Instructions


  • Foreign applicants must include a letter of certification from their embassy.
  • Foreign publications not previously granted Congressional credentials should be aware that the initial credentialing review process may be lengthy and can take on average between 6 months to one year.
  • Applicants must submit a Periodical Press Gallery application form for membership.
  • The application must be completed in its entirety. Partially completed applications will not be accepted or reviewed.
  • The application must have original signatures on both the “Applicant” line and the “Bureau Chief or Managing Editor” line.
  • No faxed or photocopied application will be accepted.
  • The application must be from the current Congress. The correct number will be located in the upper right hand corner of the application.
  • Applicants must submit a certification letter on publication letterhead with a signature of the bureau chief or managing editor.
  • The letter must include verification of full time employment, justification for the need of Congressional press credentials, guarantee that the applicant has read and will abide by the rules and a contact number for the signatory.
  • No faxed or photocopied letter will be accepted.
  • Include two recent copies of the publication.
  • Include a $5.00 check or money order per reporter made payable to “Periodical Correspondent’s Association”. Cash cannot be accepted.
  • Due to increased security, it is advised that applications be hand delivered to the Periodical Press Gallery.


To receive an application, call the Senate Periodical Press Gallery at 202-224-0265, or pick up an application in S-320 in the U.S. Capitol.

The Senate Periodical Press Gallery is currently in charge of credentialing members of the Periodical Press Galleries. Application paperwork must be submitted to:

Senate Periodical Press Gallery
Room S-320
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510
Phone:(202) 224-0265

E-mail: periodicals@saa.senate.gov 

Congressional Press accreditation for magazines, newsletters, non-daily newspapers, and on-line publications are handled through the Periodical Press Gallery. All reporters interested in obtaining a Congressional press pass should first read and review the rules and regulations of the Periodical Press Gallery. If you presume you and your publication qualify for credentials, please review the relevant instructions for your situation (Renewing, New or Foreign applicant) in order to complete the application process.

Reminder: All gallery members are prohibited from lobbying the government, being employed by the government, or providing clients with consulting or public relations services. No part of your publishing family or parent organization may be involved in providing representation services, feasibility or marketing studies, nor be engaged in research or analysis not available to all subscribers. Gallery members must be principally engaged in the gathering and reporting of news.