In addition, the Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security now requires proof of citizenship for all individuals, including members of the press, applying for a Department of State Building pass. Details on this requirement can be found at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2002/12750.htm
You will be asked to complete an application and submit a passport-sized photograph.
If you do not have a press pass but wish to attend a meeting open to media or interview an official, go to the reception desk and present the press pass you use in your country along with your passport. Tell the receptionist where you want to go and give the name and telephone number of the person you are there to see. If you wish to attend a single State Department daily briefing, follow the same steps but call the Press Relations Office to confirm the time of the briefing and if there is room for you to attend. The office can be reached at (202) 647-2492. For a recording on activities, call (202) 647-2497.
* Members of the press who currently hold building passes should apply for the New Smart Card immediately. The old identification card reader system is being replaced by the new Smart Card system. A Smart Card will be needed to retain access to and within the Harry S. Truman Building.
Detailed information on the Press Galleries can be found at: http://www.senate.gov/galleries/ (for the Senate) and http://www.house.gov/house/mediagallery.shtml (for the House of Representatives). In general, however, to cover the U.S. Congress on a permanent basis you need Press Gallery credentials. You need to fill out a form and provide two letters:
(1) A recent letter from the director of the news organization written, in English, stating you are a correspondent residing in the Washington area and telling the extent to which you will cover Congress.
(2) A letter from the press attach� of your embassy in Washington confirming your affiliation with the news organization.
If approved, pick up the pass at the gallery. Capitol security will complete your clearance and take your photograph for the pass. Gallery membership entails a small fee. Begin the accreditation with the Senate. Once the Senate approves your pass, House of Representative accreditation is usually assured.
Where you go to obtain a pass differs depending on the type of work you do.