White House Visitor Information
I am pleased to help Rhode Islanders schedule tours of the White House. There are several requirements that must be met for White House tours, including security checks and advance reservations.
Public tours must be requested through a Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays). As always, White House tour schedules are entirely dependent on the President's and First Lady's schedules, and sometimes tours must be cancelled or rescheduled at the last minute.
Due to the limited availability of White House tours, it is imperative that you contact my office at your earliest convenience and at least three months prior to your planned arrival in Washington. The White House will accept reservations six months in advance, and I recommend that you contact me at the beginning of this window.
Once I receive your available dates for a tour, a member of my staff will contact you for additional security information, which we must submit to the U.S. Secret Service. This information includes the full name, date of birth, Social Security number, country of origin, and citizenship of each member of the tour group.
The White House Visitors Office schedules tours on a first come, first serve basis, and only offers a limited number of tickets. My office is notified two to four weeks in advance of the requested tour as to whether the White House can accommodate your request.
Please note: On September 4, 2009, President Obama announced that visitor access records to the White House Complex will be made publicly available 90-120 days after the date of visit. This policy includes all guests touring the White House. Please be aware that your full name and the date of your visit will be part of the publicly released records. Your date of birth, Social Security number, and all other information provided will not be released.