Filing Instructions and Information

The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) encourages electronic filing of all submissions, by e-mail.  OHA’s e-mail address for filing submissions is We will send an acknowledgment (by letter or e-mail) upon our receipt of all principal pleadings.  If you have not received an acknowledgement letter within 3 business days of filing, please contact the OHA.  Do not re-file your principal pleading.

To file by mail or facsimile, please contact the OHA. If you choose to file by regular mail, we caution that under governmental security procedures now in place, the U.S. Postal Service randomly selects items of first class mail addressed to OHA for screening at a facility outside of OHA, e.g. for irradiation of potentially hazardous  materials.  This irradiation process can delay mail delivery by over 45 days.   We, therefore, encourage electronic filing of time-sensitive submissions.

Official Filing Hours

Official OHA Filing Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.  All filings must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time), to be considered timely.  Any filing received after 5 p.m. will be considered to have been received on the following business day.  Walk-in Filings with OHA and document pick-ups by members of the public must be made during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and should be arranged in advance.

Contact:  (202) 287-1566.