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Search by Public Law Number in U.S. Statutes at Large


To search for a public law number in the U.S. Statutes at Large database, use the Public Law Number field in the Advanced Search option at the top of the page.

Note: Public Law Numbers may be listed in 3 different formats, depending upon the date the public law was passed.

  • Laws passed during the 1st-56th Congress were identified using chapter numbers and the session of congress.

Example: Chapter 5, 2 Congress

You can also search using the Full Text tab at the top of the main page. For this type of searching you would type public_law_number:”Chapter 5, 2 Congress” and hit search.

  • Laws passed during the 57th-84th Congress were assigned public law numbers, and thus were identified using the chapter number/session of congress and the public law number. When searching for a public law number during this time, you can search by the Public Law Number or by the Chapter/Congress.

Example: Public Law 62-5/Chapter 5, 62 Congress

In Advanced Search, you can use any of these options:

  • Laws passed from the 85th Congress and forward have been identified using only public law numbers.

Example: Public Law 105-26

 

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