Document Submission Portal

About Us

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) jointly administer the website.

This website functions as a portal for Federal agencies to submit documents to the Office of the Federal Register for publication in the daily Federal Register. If you are an Agency Liaison Officer or work for a Federal agency that publishes documents in the Federal Register, go to the "Help Desk" on this website for more information.

If you are a member of the public, go to or for access to the published editions of the Federal Register. To preview documents filed for publication, go to the Public Inspection Desk on our website.

Our Mission

The Office of the Federal Register informs citizens of their rights and obligations, documents the actions of Federal agencies, and provides a forum for public participation in the democratic process. Our publications provide access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding and contain comprehensive information about the various activities of the United States Government. In addition, we administer the Electoral College for Presidential elections and the Constitutional amendment process. The Federal Register is updated online daily, usually by 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. We recommend reading the "Learn" pages of for more on the structure and value of the Federal Register, and an overview of the regulatory process.

Legal Authority

The Office of the Federal Register was created in 1935 under the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. 1501, et seq.) and its mission was enlarged by the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.) and the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (5 U.S.C. 552 and 553). Federal Register regulations are published in 1 CFR chapters I and II.

Business Hours And Locations

The Federal Register Office is open:
8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time
Monday through Friday
We are closed on Federal Holidays.

The Federal Register Office is located three blocks north of the Union Station Metro, at:
800 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 700
Washinigton, DC 20001

For the most current information on the location and operating status of the Office of the Federal Register, including the appropriate address for U.S. mail delivery and directions to alternate locations, please go to the About page of our website.

ReaRead or Purchase Copies of the Federal Register

  • View our official publications on GPO’s Federal Digital System at or
  • View a “Web 2.0” HTML edition of the Federal Register on
  • Visit a Federal Depository Library for reference copies of Federal Register publications at
  • Shop at GPO’s Electronic Bookstore,
  • Purchase by phone or fax:
    • Telephone: 202-512-1800, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Fax orders and inquiries to: 202-512-2250 (anytime).
    • Purchase by mail:
      • Superintendent of Documents
        P.O. Box 371954
        Pittsburg, PA 15250-7954


    The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended), generally provides any person with the statutory right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to Government information in executive branch agency records. This right to access is limited when information is protected from disclosure by one of FOIA's nine statutory exemptions.

    Federal Register publications, including the website and the various editions of the daily Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Federal Register/CFR indexes, and the Public Laws posted on the Federal Digital System ( and Federal are not subject to the request for records provisions of the FOIA. Under the FOIA, our publications are made available to the public through numerous sources, including this website, GPO's website, the GPO book sales program, and nearly 1,250 Government depository libraries located throughout the nation.

    For more information, see the National Archives and Records Administration Freedom of Information Act Reference Guide. This Guide provides instructions for obtaining information from us (for both operational and historical records) using the Freedom of Information Act.

    Learn more about our FOIA Regulations (36 CFR 1250).

    Read the text of the of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

    See our Privacy Program Resources.

    Read NARA's Annual FOIA Reports.