The Government Printing Office also known as the "Print Shop," is managed by the Department of Property and Procurement and provides print production for the three branches of government as well as bulk printing services and document management services to the businesses and individuals. We are home to the best printing operation in the Territory.
The Government Printing Office is administered and managed by the Department of Property and Procurement pursuant to Title 3 Chapter 13 Section 218 Virgin Islands Code and Title 31 Chapter 21 Section 203 Virgin Islands Code. This Division is responsible for printing production for the three branches of Government. We also provide mass printing services to the business sector and individuals. With six (6) specialized employees this Division is well-equipped with the skill and manpower needed for large volume printing.
The Government Printing Office (GPO) has always been eager to assist the Virgin Islands Government by saving Departments and Agencies hundreds of thousands of dollars in printing costs.
The cost for printing is six cents (.06¢) per impression or lower, depending on the job requirements.
An impression is the image produced when a sheet of paper is passed through a Printing Press or Copying Machine.
Listed below are some of the main printing and publishing functions of the Printing Division:
- Envelopes (Full/Single Color)
- Carbonless NCR Forms (2 Part to 5 part)
- Full-Color Booklets in 8.5 x 11” and 5.5 x 8.5” finished sizes (minimum of 8 pages p to 92+, hard and soft covers)
- Business Card (Full/Single Color and Gold Seals)
- Flyers in 4.75 x 5.5” to 8.5 x 11 sizes
- Posters in 11”x17”/ 12”x18”/ 14”x26”/ 22.5”x14.33” / 13”x43”
- Bookmarks in 8.5”x11” and 8.5”x14” sizes
- Full Color Prints 8.5”x11” / 8.5”x14” / 11”x17” sizes
- Copies 8.5”x11”/ 11”x17” in Color and Black and White (from Pre-Printed Documents)
- Invitations 5”x7” / 4.75” x 6.5”
- Raffle Tickets (Numbered, Perforated and Stapled into Books)
Other services include:
- Full-Service Graphic Design
- Logo Creation – Branding & Identity
- Confidential Document Shredding
- Book Binding
- Mail Distribution in collaboration with the Transportation Division
The Government Printing Office can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All requests for printing must be accompanied by the following:
An encumbered Central Stores Warehouse Requisition for the cost of printing, which is determined by the quantity of each job being requested and a Request for Printing Form.
Stock must correspond with the amount being requested. - Example: If Two Thousand Five Hundred (2,500) letterheads are requested you must send five (5) reams (A ream equals a package of 500 sheets of paper) of paper, not four (4) reams of paper.
All stock must be marked with the Department of Agency name and the Requisition Number upon submission of the request. (The Printing Division will not be responsible for any unmarked stock).
A current or updated sample of the printing request must also be submitted.
A "Contact Person" should also be submitted in case of any questions about the job.
We urge all Departments and Agencies to take advantage of the many capabilities, quality, and most of all, the low cost of printing that is available at the Government Printing Office.
Examples of our Printing Capabilities include:
- The Governor's Executive Budget in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- Booklets and Invitations for various Gubernatorial and Legislative Events
- The Governor's annual State of the Territory Address.
- Tickets for the Virgin Islands Lottery's twenty-four (24) drawings and two (2) extraordinary drawings along with twenty-six (26) prize lists.
- Approximately three million (3,000,000) impressions per year printed for the Virgin Islands Lottery.
- Graduation Diplomas for all public junior high and high schools.
- Absentee ballots and sample ballots for the Board of Elections for all primaries and general elections.
- Student Handbooks for K-12 public schools.
- Envelopes, business cards, letterheads, office forms, annual reports, booklets, carbonless forms, posters, invitations, programs, handbooks, etc.
- Menus and promotional materials
Book binding services are provided in spiral and glue bound versions.
Lawrence E. Ottley, Director - email@example.com
Lawrence Ottley has served as Director of the Printing Division for the past 26 years. He is responsible for managing the daily activities of the Division’s printing and publishing of all government departments and agencies. He is XEROX trained and certified in digital printing and equipment. He has served as a professional photographer and has occasionally been assigned to the Office of the Governor under Governors Schneider, Turnbull, de Jongh, Jr., and Mapp.
Luis Ible, Jr., Creative Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Luis Ible, Jr., began his graphic career working in the Art Department of Pennysaver Printing on St. Thomas. His early experiences at the Print Shop served to fuel his interest in Art. Shortly after, he became a college student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, studying Painting and Printmaking which led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
After his completion of college, he returned to St. Thomas and was hired as a Paste-Up Artist at the Virgin Islands Daily News (a Gannett newspaper). Within two years of rapid growth and increasing responsibilities, he was offered and accepted the role of Creative Services Manager in the newspaper’s Advertising Department. In this role, Luis conceptualized ad campaigns for clients, developed special promotional sections of the paper, and marketed the paper to the public.
After 12 years, at the newspaper, Luis started Flair Magazine, a Virgin Islands life and style monthly and Creative Arts & Design Studio, to produce artwork, advertisements, and other promotional material for businesses throughout the USVI. As a result of his entrepreneurship, Luis was awarded several advertising awards for his art, advertising concepts, and jingles for companies, including Guardian Insurance, Cruzan Rum, and others.
Luis’ creative prowess was not solely on display in his work, but also throughout the community. His musical talents of singing and songwriting in the Calypso genre earned him the coveted title of St. Thomas Carnival Calypso Monarch for four consecutive years, a King of Kings title, and other top titles throughout the Caribbean.
Luis entered public service in 2015 and served four years as a Graphic Artist in the Public Relations Division at the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s – Division of Public Relations. He now joins a team of dedicated employees in the Printing Division of the Department of Property & Procurement as the team transitions to digital printing technologies. Luis hopes to offer a high level of customer service, creativity, and a more diverse set of products to serve clients. He eagerly looks forward to greeting you at the Print Shop…one day soon.
Samuel Liburd, Assistant Production Manager - email@example.com
Samuel Liburd is the Assistant Production Manager for the Department of Property and Procurement Printing Division for the past 17 years. His duties include planning and managing production schedules, operating all digital print press, proofreading, and editing work. He previously attended the University of the Virgin Islands, studying Business Management and Music Theory. Mr. Liburd is XEROX Certified in the advanced operation and maintenance training on our entire fleet of digital print presses.
Julio Rhymer, Jr., Graphic Designer - firstname.lastname@example.org
John Graneux, Digital Press Operator - email@example.com
Alfonso Williams III, Offset Technician II - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfonso Williams III is an Offset Technician II at the Department of Property and Procurement (Printing Division). Mr. Williams is responsible for assisting with the operation of the printing presses and other machinery to include computers, copiers, heavy-duty paper cutters, numbering/perforation machinery, glue binding machine, shrink wrap machine, digital machines, and shredders. Additionally, he is responsible for print shop upkeep to include stocking paper and the replacement of printer cartridges and toners.
Mr. Williams is XEROX Certified in the advanced operation and maintenance of our entire fleet of digital print presses.
Does the Print Shop provide graphic design services?
Yes. The Printing Division offers this service individually or in addition to printing costs per job.
How are shipping costs handled for the island of St. Croix?
Currently we do NOT ship. However, the items can be picked up by a 3rd party and shipped to you.
How do I request a print job?
A print job be may be requested by downloading and completing the Print Job Request Form and emailing it to email@example.com.
How do I request document shredding services?
Does the Print Shop provide services to businesses and the public?
Services are provided to Government agencies, businesses, event promoters, and the public.
What type of printing jobs does the Print Shop produce?
The Print Shops provides a variety of printing jobs to include documents copies/prints, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, brochures, pamphlets, booklets, memorial booklets, invitations, tent cards, carbon forms/pads, note pads, tickets, flyers, and posters.
Does the Print Shop have a portfolio of sample jobs?
Samples of previous print jobs are available for viewing upon request digitally or in person.
How is pricing determined?
Pricing is structured based on a combination of criteria:
- Type of service requested;
- Paper stock weight;
- Ink color; and
- Turnaround time
What is the cost per flyer or poster size page in black/white and full color?
The cost for printing is as follows:
Letter Size (Prints)
8.5x11 Text weight = $.20p/s B/W
8.5x11 Text Weight = $.35p/s Color
8.5x11 Cover Stock = $.40p/s B/W
8.5x11 Cover Stock = $.50p/s Color
Legal Size (Prints)
8.5x14 Text Weight = $.35p/s B/W
8.5x14 Text Weight = $.50p/s Color
8.5x14 Cover Stock = $.75p/s B/W
8.5x14 Cover Stock = $1.25p/s Color
Tabloid Size (Prints)
11x17 Text Weight = $1.25p/s B/W
11x17 Text Weight = $1.50p/s Color
11x17 Cover Stock = $1.75p/s B/W
11x17 Cover Stock = $2.00p/s Color
p/s = Per Side
.07 cents 8.5 x 11 and .70 cents 11x 17
What type of services does the Print Shop provide?
The Printing Division offers full-service printing, graphic design, document cutting/trimming/folding/stapling/perforating, shredding, and binding services.
Does the Print Shop have a catalog?
Currently we do NOT, however, we are available to discuss printing jobs on a case by case basis.
Does the Print Shop produce promotional materials and t-shirts?
Not at this time.
What is the average turnaround time for orders?
The average turnaround time for printing jobs is seven (7) business days – depending on the job requirements and availability of special materials. Rush service is available for an additional fee starting at $100 and up dependent on the job size.