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What is the US Code?

The US Code is the consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.  It's divided by broad subject into 51 titles. The U.S. Code was first published in 1926. The next main edition was published in 1934, and subsequent main editions have been published every six years since 1934. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information.*

The US Code does NOT include regulations issued by executive branch agencies, decisions of the Federal courts, treaties, or laws enacted by State or local governments. Regulations issued by executive branch agencies are available in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Proposed and recently adopted regulations may be found in the Federal Register.*

*For more information about the US Code see the explanations on the House Office of the Law Revision Counsel and the GPO FDsys US Code sites.

Finding the US Code

You can find the US Code through these two official sites: