The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.


Each of the ticketed sections for the Swearing-In Ceremonies is ADA accessible.

Visitor Services staff in red coats will be available to assist visitors with accessibility needs as they arrive in the ticket check areas. All entrances include signs indicating:

  • Sign language interpreter locations
  • Restrooms

All ticketed sections, except Union Square and the Mall Standing Area, have raised platforms identified by large, blue flags. The platforms will have sign language interepreters who will interpret during the Ceremonies. 

Both Union Square and the Mall Standing Area are flat and are completely ADA accessible.

Recorded Information

Phone Numbers:

  • Recorded Voice Information: 202-228-4072
  • Recorded TTY Information: 202-228-4071  

Congressional Special Services

Staff of the Congressional Special Services Office will be stationed at all designated accessible seating/standing areas to provide assistance.  Designated seating and standing areas:

  • North Seating Area - Senate Side 
  • South Seating Area - House Side
  • South Standing Area - Senate Side
  • South Standing Area - House Side 

Staff can be reached Monday - Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm at 202-224-4048 (voice) and 202-224-4049 (TTY). 

“Drop-off” Locations

All areas around the Capitol will be restricted to vehicular access on January 21, 2013. If you need to drop someone off as close to the Ceremonies as possible, please follow the directions of the Capitol Police. There will be locations outside the perimeter of the Capitol that will be designated at a later date. 


Every person wishing admittance to the Inaugural Ceremonies, including personal assistants and children, must have a ticket. Individuals without valid tickets will not be admitted.

Tickets are color-coded to facilitate entrance to the Inaugural Ceremonies. Entrance will be granted only at the gate indicated on your ticket. 

The non-ticketed area is on the National Mall beginning at Fourth Street.

Sign Language Interpreters, Open Captioning and Audio Descriptions

Sign Language Interpreters will be located at designated positions within each ticketed section, with the exception of the Mall Standing Area. There will be jumbo-trons (large television screens) with open captioning positioned on the Capitol Plaza (blue, red, green, and yellow ticket holders) and within the Mall Standing Area.  Headsets are available from Visitor Services staff that will provide audio descriptions of the ceremonies for attendees who are blind.