The Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee Thursday announced procedures for obtaining tickets to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.
The committee said all tickets would be provided free of charge and distributed through members of Congress.
If you want tickets for the swearing-in ceremony, officials say they are free, but you have to call your congressman or senator in order to get one, and the calls are already coming in.
The committee that plans the inaugural ceremonies says don't buy the tickets websites are trying to sell, because they don't even exist yet.
If you just want to stand along Pennsylvania Avenue on the day of the parade, spots are free between the White House and the Capitol—but you'll need to get there early to get a spot.
Tickets will not be distributed until one week before the inauguration and must be picked up in person.
The committee said that no tickets are commercially available, and people should be highly skeptical of anybody claiming to have them for sale.
“Any Web site or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth,” said Howard Gantman, staff director for the congressional inaugural committee, which is chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
“Tickets for the swearing-in of the president-elect are all provided through members of Congress and the president-elect and vice-president-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism.”