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Congressional Help: Regulations

Searching regulations by keyword

The Regulations search form can be used to perform keyword searches on the text of regulations or to retrieve the text of a regulation when you know its citation. Use this search form to access the text of regulations from either the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) or Federal Register (FR).

Federal Register Search

Code of Federal Regulations Search

Looking up regulations by citation

Citation search form for Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations Citations

CFR citations have three components: title number, section type, and part number. Title numbers run from 1 through 50. Section types can be either CFR (standard) or USC (statutory authority). Part numbers can refer to either the part or a section of a regulation, depending on whether it is divided by a period (e.g., 1964.11 denotes Section 11 of Part 1964 of the regulation in question).

Tip: to retrieve all the sections of a regulation, use a question mark (?) after the part number. For example, 29 CFR 1964? would retrieve all the sections of Part 1964: Sections 1964.1, 1964.2, etc.


Federal Register Citations

Federal Register citations have three components: volume number, citation type, and page number. Volume numbers correspond to year. Citation types can be either FR (Federal Register) or CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). Page numbers are sequential and continuous for a single volume.

Tip:  to retrieve multiple pages of a regulation, use a shorter page number and add a question mark (?) to the end.   For example, 61 FR 45770? retrieves pages 457700, 457705, and 457708 of the regulation.