In accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2), the following four categories of records are available in the Electronic Reading Room, without the need for a FOIA request:
- Category 1 - Final Opinions and Orders. Final opinions and orders rendered in the adjudication of administrative cases are found here.
- Category 2 – Policy Statements
- Category 3 – Staff Manuals and Instructions. Administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public are included here.
- Category 4 – Frequently Requested Records. Records requested or anticipated to be requested three or more times are available here.
Only Reading Room records created on or after November 1, 1996, must be made available electronically. For access to pre-November 1, 1996 Reading Room records created by PHMSA, please contact PHMSA's FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 366-4400 or visit the following conventional (paper) Reading Room:
DOT Dockets Office, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590
A computer terminal and printer are available at the DOT Dockets Office for accessing Electronic Reading Room records.