Code of Federal Regulations: Overview
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and a related publication, the Federal Register, contain rules and regulations promulgated by the administrative agencies of the federal government. The Federal Register is issued chronologically and the CFR is arranged by subject.
The Federal Register is issued each day following a federal government working day. Published since 1936, the Federal Register is the federal government’s official method of notifying citizens of administrative rules of general application. The Federal Register contains proposed rules, notices, and other supplementary material.
The CFR is an annual cumulation of final rules and regulations arranged by subject. Like the United States Code (USC), the CFR is divided into 50 titles. Although the numbers are sometimes similar, CFR titles do not correspond to USC titles. Title 1 contains General Provisions, Title 2 is reserved for future use, Title 3 contains Presidential documents and regulations, Titles 4 through 50 are broken down into subjects arranged alphabetically from Accounts to Wildlife and Fisheries. Citations to the CFR include titles, chapters, parts, and sections. Title 49, chapter VII, part 701, section 8 is written 49 CFR § 701.8 (the chapter, part, and section numbers become one number.)
The entire CFR is revised annually.