DHS issues guidance documents to help the public understand how DHS administers its statutory and regulatory authorities. DHS posts guidance documents at the pages below.
In general, guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.
To find a guidance document issued by DHS or one of its components, see the links below:
- DHS Headquarters
- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Members of the public who have feedback or complaints regarding guidance documents should contact the Department office or component that issued the guidance.
If the issue is not resolved after the initial contact, please contact the Department's Office of the General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Law Division, at SignificantGuidance@hq.dhs.gov. In order to ensure proper processing of your comment, please include the words “GUIDANCE: [Insert name of significant guidance document]” in the subject line of your email message. Feedback under these procedures are for the benefit of the agency and do not require formal response by the agency.
The Department will review feedback and complaints to determine whether any action is warranted and, if so, what action. The Department will determine whether it needs to take any action based on the nature and timeliness of the information submitted, the significance of any modifications requested, the magnitude of any modifications requested, and the resource requirements for any modifications requested.