Texas Regulations


Regulations are used to handle the day-to-day administration of a government. Although they are not laws, regulations from Texas agencies can have the force of law, since they often include penalties for violations. They are not published in Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated.

How Do I Find Regulations on the Web?

Texas Administrative Code
Free access which is "approximately one week behind the current effective date". For example, rules with an effective date of April 1, 2015, would be included in the database on approximately April 8, 2015. Not searchable and does not include any graphics, such as tables or charts.
Texas Register
Full text of the most recent 12 months of the Texas Register. Available in two formats -- HTML and PDF. Previous years of the Texas Register are available in print (January 1976 - September 1991) in the Government Documents Unit. They are also online (1976 - present) from the University of North Texas archived Texas Register via the Portal to Texas History. While the official site includes some indexes, the back issue archive at UNT provides online keyword searching.

How Do I Find Regulations By Subject?

When looking for regulations by subject, begin with the Texas Administrative Code online. There is no subject index, so you will need to browse through the available titles looking for the most appropriate section. If that fails, try to find an article in a magazine or newspaper that refers to the regulatory information you need.

Other Guides

Legal Research Process: How to Use the TAC
Short overview from the University of Texas School of Law.
Finding Texas Regulations
Tips on how to search the TAC and the Texas Register with and without a citation. From the University of Texas School of Law.
Texas Administrative Law
A PDF pathfinder from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library.
Guide to using Texas Administrative Code
Short guide to using the TAC and Texas Register from Texas Tech University School of Law Library.

Any questions? Ask a Librarian, or call us at (806) 651-2205.