Foreign Agents Registration Act

Foreign Agents Registration Act

FARA - Foreign Agents Registration Act

Announcement: December 13, 2021
Today the Department of Justice published an ANPRM in the Federal Register to seek public comment to help inform the Department’s decision-making prior to its issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for revised FARA regulations.  This will be the first revision to the regulations since 2007 and the Department of Justice invites public comment on the regulations as a whole as well as more specifically in response to 19 questions set forth in the ANPRM.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA requires certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities.  Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. The FARA Unit of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of FARA.

Due to health concerns regarding COVID-19, the FARA Public Office will be closed until further notice. Should you need access to information that is unavailable online, please contact the FARA Unit at for assistance.

FARA Contact Information

Public information relating to FARA may be obtained in person at the FARA Unit Public Office located at:

Department of Justice/NSD
175 N Street, NE
Constitution Square, Building 3 - Room 1.204
Washington, DC 20002

Hours of Operation:

Public Office: Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deliveries: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


See the FARA contact information page for more details.


 FARA Brochure: Protecting the United States from Covert Foreign Influence

General Information National Security Division

Matthew G. Olsen
Assistant Attorney General for National Security


Department of Justice/NSD FARA Unit