Frequent Questions

Where can I see the text of the actual regulations?

Govinfo provides online access to:

  • The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) contains the text of public regulations issued by the agencies of the Federal government. The CFR does not include statutes enacted by Congress, decisions of the Federal courts, or treaties.
  • The United States Code contains statutes enacted by Congress.
  • The Federal Register contains proposed regulations and recently issued regulations that are not yet in the Code of Federal Regulations. is a source for U.S. government regulations and related documents. On this site you can find, read and comment on proposed rules.

If the Federal Register pages you are looking for are not available online, you will need to contact either the Office of the Federal Register at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), or the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), to inquire about ordering a copy of specific pages:

Office of the Federal Register (NF)
National Archives and Records Administration
800 North Capital Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-741-6000
Phone (TTY): 202-741-6086
Fax: 202-741-6012

The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
NARA Contact page 

Government Printing Office
Phone: DC Metro Area: 202-512-1800
           Toll-Free: 1-866-512-1800
           Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST
Fax: 1-202-512-2104 
GPO Contact Page
GPO online bookstore


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