Presidential Inauguration Ticket Request Form
The President and Vice President of the United States will be sworn into office during a ceremony on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. This inauguration ceremony will be held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and managed by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).
The JCCIC will provide Members of Congress a limited set of viewing area tickets to distribute, most of which are for a standing area at or near the east end of the National Mall. If you would like to request tickets to the presidential inauguration, do three things:
- Read the “Preliminary Points” section of this Form.
- Fill out “Ticket Request Information Sheet” section of this Form.
- Return the Form to the D.C. Office of Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08) as directed at the bottom of the Form.
Preliminary Points – READ
- The JCCIC will not inform Members of Congress what/how many viewing area tickets they will be provided until a few weeks after the presidential election occurs on November 3, 2020. The Office of Congressman Matt Cartwright will not grant requests for inauguration tickets until the JCCIC has made its announcement to Members of Congress regarding what the Members will be getting. This is not the best situation for reserving hotel rooms in greater Washington, DC for the night before and the night of the presidential inauguration, a heavily attended event. Ticket requesters are required nonetheless to contingency-plan accordingly on their own.
- Attending a presidential inauguration is a physical activity and a bit of an endurance (and patience) test. Crowds are large; lines are long; roadways into D.C. and the Capitol area are congested or closed; the Washington Metro subway system features long wait times due to crowds; standing areas for the inauguration ceremony are very crowded even though they are ticketed; arriving at a viewing area at least a couple of hours early is a necessity to do an adequate job of “ensuring” that one gets in; and Washington can be cold in January.
- The JCCIC does not release the actual tickets to Members of Congress until about a week before the inauguration ceremony itself. For those who get tickets, receiving them may require reliance on a commercial overnight mail service. (The Congressional office would pay for the overnighting, but an address that would work about a week before the inauguration would be necessary.)
- Ticket requests from persons who are not residents of the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania may not be answered
- Ticket requests that do not include a fully filled-out Information Sheet may not be answered.