How to contact government officials

How to Contact Government Officials


Contacting Government Officials by Mail

  1. Determine which government officials to contact.
  2. Work with federal, state and local agencies as well as elected officials.For example, if you are a farmer with an interest in promoting your organic farm, contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture rather than the president or your senator.
  3. Locate the appropriate contact information.This can be found online, by searching sites such as and, in your local printed directories and in government buildings such as post offices and libraries.
  4. Find the address you will use to send a letter.Your U.S. Senator and member of Congress will have a local office as well as an office address in Washington, D.C.
  5. Write a letter outlining the help you need or your opinion on a particular issue.
    • Be sure to sign your name and include your contact information. The government official you are contacting might need to get in touch with you for more information or to offer you assistance.
    • Keep your letter brief, on point and professional. Rambling letters that go on for pages and pages are less likely to be taken seriously than succinct, well-written correspondence.
  6. Mail the letter to the correct address with the right amount of postage.

Contacting Government Officials by Telephone

  1. Locate the correct phone number online or in your local directory.Offices in Washington, D.C. will often have a toll-free number for you to use.
  2. Dial the number and ask to speak to the government official you are contacting.Depending on who you are calling, you may be referred to a staff member or an assistant.
  3. Introduce yourself and explain why you are calling.
    • Ask for what you need directly. If you are calling because you need help with your trash pickup, getting services for someone with a disability or any other issue that requires action, make your request clear and be specific.
  4. Follow any instructions you are given to get your issue resolved or follow up with different offices or officials.

Contacting Government Officials in Person

  1. Get the address of the government official's office that you plan to visit.
  2. Call the office first to see if you need an appointment.
    • Ask if there is any information you need to bring with you. For example, if you are planning to attend a school board meeting or schedule a meeting with your local assembly person, you might want to bring supporting materials or evidence that will help you make a point or ask for help.
  3. Show up on time if you have an appointment.If you do not have an appointment, politely ask if the government official has a moment to meet with you.

Contacting Government Officials Electronically

  1. Send an email.Almost every member of Congress, Senator, and local official has an email address. You can even email the President. You can find email addresses online or by calling the official's office.
  2. Leave a comment on a website.
    • Search for your government official's website.
    • Click on the "Contact Us" tab, or something similar. You will be invited to leave a comment or send a request for help.
  3. Use social networking to contact government officials.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Will the government contact me by phone or a letter about something?
    Top Answerer
    If a governmental agency wants to contact you, they will do it by mail.
  • Question
    How can I contact a U.S. government official if I live outside the country?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You could contact them by mail or by phone, you just may incur extra charges for international post/long distance phone calls.
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  • Make sure you contact campaign offices for election issues. Government officials are not permitted to handle campaign issues out of their government offices. The governing and campaigning are required to be kept separate.

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