When writing a letter to the President of the United States, direct postal correspondence as demonstrated below:
- The President
- The White House
- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- Washington, DC 20500
- Dear Mr. President,
You may phone the White House comment line, fax, or switchboard 24 hours a day at:
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121
The White House receives hundreds of letters and emails every day and have dedicated staff who work to handle that mail. Personalizing your letter is more effective than sending the same “cookie-cutter” message as thousands of others.
In the letter, identify yourself and your reason for writing (example: I am a …veteran, a senior, etc.). List your “credentials” and assert that you are a constituent, a voter, who lives or works in their district. Include information about your profession and other personal information (example: I am a…physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, pharmacist, patient, advocate, etc.).
Your letter should address a single topic or issue. Provide detail. Focus on the factual over the emotional. Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others.
If a certain regulation, bill, or law is involved, cite the regulation, bill, or law number and name whenever possible.
Close by requesting the action you want taken: action by a specific agency, address of a specific topic, or change in general policy.
The best letters are courteous, to the point, and include specific examples.