8 USC Sec. 1304 01/05/2009
TITLE 8 - ALIENS AND NATIONALITY
CHAPTER 12 - IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY
SUBCHAPTER II - IMMIGRATION
Part VII - Registration of Aliens
Sec. 1304. Forms for registration and fingerprinting
(a) Preparation; contents
The Attorney General and the Secretary of State jointly are
authorized and directed to prepare forms for the registration of
aliens under section 1301 of this title, and the Attorney General
is authorized and directed to prepare forms for the registration
and fingerprinting of aliens under section 1302 of this title. Such
forms shall contain inquiries with respect to (1) the date and
place of entry of the alien into the United States; (2) activities
in which he has been and intends to be engaged; (3) the length of
time he expects to remain in the United States; (4) the police and
criminal record, if any, of such alien; and (5) such additional
matters as may be prescribed.
(b) Confidential nature
All registration and fingerprint records made under the
provisions of this subchapter shall be confidential, and shall be
made available only (1) pursuant to section 1357(f)(2) of this
title, and (2) to such persons or agencies as may be designated by
the Attorney General.
(c) Information under oath
Every person required to apply for the registration of himself or
another under this subchapter shall submit under oath the
information required for such registration. Any person authorized
under regulations issued by the Attorney General to register aliens
under this subchapter shall be authorized to administer oaths for
(d) Certificate of alien registration or alien receipt card
Every alien in the United States who has been registered and
fingerprinted under the provisions of the Alien Registration Act,
1940, or under the provisions of this chapter shall be issued a
certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt
card in such form and manner and at such time as shall be
prescribed under regulations issued by the Attorney General.
(e) Personal possession of registration or receipt card; penalties
Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times
carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate
of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to
him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails
to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of
a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined
not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or
(f) Alien's social security account number
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Attorney General
is authorized to require any alien to provide the alien's social
security account number for purposes of inclusion in any record of
the alien maintained by the Attorney General or the Service.
(June 27, 1952, ch. 477, title II, ch. 7, Sec. 264, 66 Stat. 224;
Pub. L. 99-653, Sec. 10, Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3657; Pub. L. 100-
525, Sec. 8(i), Oct. 24, 1988, 102 Stat. 2617; Pub. L. 101-649,
title V, Sec. 503(b)(2), Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 5049; Pub. L. 104-
208, div. C, title IV, Sec. 415, Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-
REFERENCES IN TEXT
The Alien Registration Act, 1940, referred to in subsec. (d), is
act June 28, 1940, ch. 439, 54 Stat. 670, as amended. Title III of
that act, which related to register and fingerprinting of aliens,
was classified to sections 451 to 460 of this title, was repealed
by section 403(a)(39) of act June 27, 1952.
1996 - Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 104-208 added subsec. (f).
1990 - Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 101-649 inserted "(1) pursuant to
section 1357(f)(2) of this title, and (2)" after "only".
1988 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100-525 amended Pub. L. 99-653. See
1986 Amendment note below.
1986 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99-653, as amended by Pub. L. 100-
525, amended first sentence generally, striking out "and
fingerprinting" before "of aliens under section 1301".
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1988 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 100-525 effective as if included in the
enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of
1986, Pub. L. 99-653, see section 309(b)(15) of Pub. L. 102-232,
set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 1988 Amendments
note under section 1101 of this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1986 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 99-653 applicable to applications for
immigrant visas made, and visas issued, on or after Nov. 14, 1986,
see section 23(b) of Pub. L. 99-653, set out as a note under
section 1201 of this title.
ABOLITION OF IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE AND TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS
For abolition of Immigration and Naturalization Service, transfer
of functions, and treatment of related references, see note set out
under section 1551 of this title.