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How to . . .   find the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations

You can read the full text of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) on the web, find them in libraries, or purchase them from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

Web Access

The full text of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are on GPO's website. For the Federal Register, you can perform fielded searches from 1995 to the present, and browse entire issues since 1994. Editions of CFR titles are online for 1996 to the present.

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) publishes an unofficial, XML-based edition of the Federal Register. Users can search this version by keyword, date, agency, document category, docket ID, Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), CFR part, and geographic location.

The e-CFR is available online through GPO and OFR. While also unofficial, it is the most current editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments.


The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) may be available in large library systems or college libraries, frequently as a part of their participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Over 1,100 libraries participate in the FDLP, collecting and/or providing public access to government documents. A list of depository libraries is available on GPO's website. Since most depository libraries are within a university or state library, calling ahead to ask about hours is advised.

Purchasing from GPO

GPO sells subscriptions to and single issues of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. More information is available from GPO by calling 202-512-1800 or 1-866-512-1800 or by visiting the online U.S. Government Bookstore. You may also fax or mail an order form.


Virtual Reference Desk

For information on the Senate, Congress, the legislative process and the federal government, the Virtual Reference Desk is a good place to begin.

Contact your Senators

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Senate Historical Office

Historical information provided by the Senate Historical Office.

Compilations of Law

Compilations of Law links to the full text of several popular acts of law as they have been amended over the years.