In accordance with 5 USC 552(a)(2), the following four categories of records (“Reading Room” records) are available without the need for a FOIA request. Only Reading Room records created on or after November 1, 1996 must be made available electronically, and we make them available here.
Our Electronic Reading Room does not include records published in the Federal Register or regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations, but those and other non-reading room records may be found on other OST Web sites (including some of the sites that are linked to from this Electronic Reading Room). For example, the General Counsel Opinions Database and the Online Publications System include both reading room records and non-reading room records.
- Category 1 – Final Opinions/Orders in Adjudicated Cases
- Category 2 – Policy Statements/Interpretations
- Category 3 – Manuals/Instructions to Staff Affecting the Public
- Category 4 – Records Frequently Requested Under FOIA
Access to Non-Digitial Records
For access to pre-November 1, 1996 Reading Room records created by the Office of the Secretary (OST), please contact OST’s FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 366-4542 or the following conventional (paper) Reading Room:
DOT Dockets Office, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590
Hours of operation: 9:00-5:00 ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays
Telephone: (202) 366-9322 or (202) 366-9826
Toll-Free: (800) 647-5527
A computer terminal and printer are available at this location for accessing Electronic Reading Room records.