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Constitution of the United States: Main Page

The Constitution of the United States comprises the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government. It also describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions. In addition, it lays out the basic rights of citizens of the United States. The Constitution of the United States is the oldest Federal constitution in existence and was framed by a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original states in Philadelphia in May 1787. The Constitution is the landmark legal document of the United States. Files are available in ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). More.

Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation:
2002 Edition & Supplement

1992 Edition & Supplements


Other U.S. Constitution Publications on GPO Access

  • the U.S. Constitution With the Declaration of Independence (S. Doc. 105-11) Text | PDF
  • the U.S. Constitution as Amended, with Unratified Amendments & Analytical Index
    • July 25, 2007 (H. Doc. 110-50) Text | PDF
    • June 20, 2003 (H. Doc. 108-95) Text | PDF
    • Jan. 31, 2000 (H. Doc. 106-214) Text | PDF
  • Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, Pocket Edition
    • 23rd Edition, 2007 (H. Doc. 110-51)  Text | PDF
    • 22nd Edition, 2006 (S. Doc. 109-17)  Text | PDF
    • 21st Edition, 2003 (H. Doc. 108-96)  Text | PDF
    • 20th Edition, 2001 (H. Doc. 106-215) Text | PDF

Other Services

  • Purchase a print copy of the Constitution from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore.
  • Locate the Constitution in a local Federal depository library.