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Information on Guidance

This section of the Web site provides information about DOT guidance documents and requirements concerning our use of them.  This section includes information on:

Explanation of the term “guidance” and related documents.
Description of the various types of documents that the Department of Transportation (DOT) issues that could provide information on our interpretation of, or policy concerning, our rules, statutes, or technical issues.
This final rule, "Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures," establishes regulations for the development and issuance of guidance documents issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
This memorandum, "Review and Clearance of Guidance Documents," clarified and updated the Department's process for the review and clearance of guidance documents.  The Department's current procedures regarding the issuance of guidance documents can be found at subpart C of 49 CFR part 5, which was updated in a final rule issued on December 3, 2019.
Information about and links to each DOT operating administration and OST Web site where the agency provides a list with information about all of its significant guidance documents that are currently in effect.
Procedures for public feedback or comments on any DOT guidance documents.
The name and contact information for public complaints that DOT agencies are not complying with requirements concerning significant guidance or that the agencies are treating a significant guidance document as a binding requirement.
Last updated: Thursday, April 15, 2021