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About Portable Document Format (PDF)
To view and print a PDF publication, you must have a PDF reader software (like Adobe Reader) installed on your PC.
PDF files are printer independent and can be used to easily print a duplicate of the publication using any graphics printer (i.e., laser, inkjet, dot-matrix or plotter) but, not daisy-wheel printers. It allows the reader to print a publication close in appearance to the original printed version, preserving typography, columns, charts, tables and graphics.
Adobe Reader may already be installed on your computer as a "plug-in" or "helper application" for your web browser. To find out, click on the "PDF" link for the document that you are interested in. If Adobe Reader is properly installed on your computer, it will either download or automatically open a PDF copy of the document, depending on your browser and how it is configured.
If the Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, it can be found, free of charge, at the Adobe Reader download page.
If you are using a screen reader, you may find that it will not read some documents in PDF format. Adobe provides an Adobe Accessibility Resource Center website that may assist you with converting the non-accessible PDF files to a format that is useable with a screen reader.
Office of Administrative Law does have accessible PDF files on its Website. There may be some PDF files on the OAL's website that may not work correctly with screen readers. If you need them in another format, please contact OAL's reference attorney at email@example.com or (916) 323-6815.
California Code of Regulations (CCR) -- The online source for regulations adopted, amended, or repealed by state agencies pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
Administrative Procedure Act (APA) -- The law governing rulemaking by California state agencies.
The California Regulatory Notice Register (Notice Register) -- OAL's weekly publication containing notices of proposed regulatory action and other notices issued by California state agencies.
The California Rulemaking Law Handbook (APA Book) -- Published by OAL and available for purchase, this annotated compilation contains the rulemaking portion of the Administrative Procedure Act, OAL's implementing regulations, other statutes relevant to the rulemaking process, and a comprehensive index.
Rulemaking Checklists and Calculators -- OAL's checklists contain APA requirements for various types of rulemakings, as well as for notices of proposed regulatory action. OAL's date calculators are helpful in planning comment periods and publishing documents in the California Regulatory Notice Register.
Rulemaking Calendar -- The annual list of projected rulemaking activities of state agencies implementing statutes enacted by the Legislature during the previous year and years prior.
Disapproval Decisions -- OAL's written opinions detailing the reason(s) OAL has disapproved a specific proposed rulemaking action.
Forms -- The Standard Form 400 (required for the submission of regulations or notices with OAL); the Standard Form 399 (the Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement), and "Delegation of Authority" forms Delegation of Authority for STD 400 and Delegation of Authority for STD 399.
What is a Regulation (pdf) -- Step-by-step analysis of what is legally defined as a "regulation" and what must be adopted pursuant to the APA.
How to Participate in the Rulemaking Process (pdf) -- An introduction/overview of the rulemaking process, including what is a "regulation," what are "underground regulations," how the public can get involved in the rulemaking process, and a visual flowchart of the process. Also available in Spanish and Vietnamese: