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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 25, 2003


Issuance of New State Department Press Building Passes

The Department of State is now issuing new press building passes, called “Smart Cards,” to members of the press who currently hold building passes for the Harry S Truman Building. Members of the press will need a Smart Card to retain access to and within the building as card readers are upgraded and should apply for one immediately. During the transition period, both the original building pass and the Smart Card may be needed for various card readers, and either one of the cards must be displayed at all times while in the building. State Department officials will collect the old building passes when they are no longer needed.

In order to apply for a Smart Card, members of the press must do the following:

  1. Pick up Form DS-1838, Request for Building Pass Identification Card, from the Office of Press Relations, Room 2109;
  2. Complete the form and submit a copy to the Office of Press Relations;
  3. Take original to the following address to obtain a Smart Card:
Building Pass Identification Processing Center
520 23rd Street, Columbia Plaza Courtyard, SA-1
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(202) 663-3093

The access policy for members of the press with a valid building pass remains the same:
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays

  • May enter through a turnstile at any entrance.
  • Unescorted access to facilities on the second floor or below.
  • Must have an appointment with a Department official before going to any State Department office, regardless of the floor on which that office is located, and someone from that office must escort the media representative to and from the meeting.
All other times
  • May enter or exit through the turnstile on the west mezzanine staircase in the C Street lobby.

Press Contact: Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

Released on June 25, 2003

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