Frequently Asked Questions
About the e-CFR
There are two methods of retrieving an entire part. Within the browse feature, request the specific part. To print the part, click the "File" button on your browser, and "Print".
Within the Boolean search feature, in the first box, insert the title number. In the next box, type in the part number only, and select the search within "Part Number." This will normally yield one result. Retrieve the result. To print the file, click the "File" button on your browser, and "Print".
If you want to download the text, select "File" and "Save As". You can choose from several formats, depending on the word processing software you want to use.
There are some occasions where a part spans more than one CFR file, like 26 CFR part 1, 29 CFR part 1910, 40 CFR parts 52, 60, 63, and 86. In these cases, you will not be able to retrieve the entire part by itself. You will get part retrievals for each volume. Similarly, 50 CFR 17.11 spans more than one volume of the CFR. You will not be able to retrieve the entire section by itself.
If you are using Internet Explorer, go to "File" and "Page Setup". When the page setup window opens, select legal size paper, and at the bottom of the window under "Orientation", select landscape. Then press "OK", then press your print button.
"[Reserved]" is a term used as a place holder within the Code of Federal Regulations. An agency uses "[Reserved]" to simply indicate that it may insert regulatory information into this location some time in the future. Occasionally "[Reserved]" is used to indicate that a portion of the CFR was intentionally left empty and not accidentally dropped due to a printing or computer error.
Yes, it is possible to bookmark or link to the e-CFR. However, keep in mind that the e-CFR is updated daily. Links to sections and appendixes will change URL addresses at times. It is safest to link to the part level in the browse feature. This link should remain unchanged, unless the part is removed from the CFR.
There are no plans to make the e-CFR available in PDF format.
The Administrative Committee of the Federal Register (ACFR) has the authority under 44 U.S.C. 1510 to regulate the collation and republication of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) with the aim of keeping it as current as practicable. Until recently, it has not been economically practical to update the CFR more frequently than once per year. With the advent of web-based publication formats, the ACFR has requested that the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office (GPO) develop and maintain the e-CFR as an authoritative informational resource, which will serve as the model for a currently updated, official edition of the CFR.
The e-CFR will be maintained as an unofficial editorial compilation until all remaining technical and performance issues are satisfactorily resolved. When this is accomplished, the OFR/GPO partnership will propose to the ACFR that the e-CFR become an official edition of the CFR and a permanent record of the United States Government.
Federal Register staff members are not qualified to interpret or explain any regulations other than our own, which appear in 1 CFR Chapters I and II.
If you need more information about any regulation that appears in the e-CFR, contact the agency that issued the regulation. The agency that issued the regulation is listed in the chapter heading, which can be found by using the browse feature and selecting the title number. This opens a page with a table that shows chapters and their headings.