Can I use "under number" when talking about a unique code that is given to a law or regulation entered in some official register?

For example,

"This law was entered into the register under number 459SK-a."

What if there are only numbers in the code (no letters)?


It would depend on the how citations are made for the particular register in question. We can say at a particular location when referring to US legal code, for example:

Under the FLSA, employees in executive, administrative, and professional positions, as well as employees in foreign areas, are considered exempt. Rules governing exempt and nonexempt status for federal employees are at 5 CFR Part 551.

Compensatory time off can also be approved for a federal wage system employee, as defined at 5 U.S.C. 5342(a)(2).

Or under:

Some employees, mainly certain managers and supervisors, are exempt from the FLSA but may receive overtime pay under Title 5, U.S. Code ("Title 5 overtime"). They are limited in overtime to either one and one half times the hourly rate of a GS-10, step 1, or the hourly rate of the employee's basic pay, whichever is greater, under 5 U.S.C. 5542(a)(2)

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  • Thanks. Do you think it's possible to place 'registered' right in front of at/under? For example, "According to the legislation registered at 5 CFR Part 551, immigrants are not allowed to drive on the territory of the Republic of Genvivar"? – brilliant Sep 8 '18 at 15:33
  • @brilliant: No, in a couple of respects that would not be an idiomatic way of citing a particular provision. Legislation is the overarching abstract noun; it is not a synonym for a particular provision of a section of a law. And we don't say that a provision is "registered". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 8 '18 at 16:40
  • What if it's a specific provision, can I then use 'registered' right before at/under? – brilliant Sep 8 '18 at 16:45
  • @brilliant: Not if you want to be idiomatic. One of the examples shows you a phrase that could be used, as defined at. You could also say as set forth at|under ... – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 8 '18 at 16:47
  • Sorry for bothering you again, but would this be idiomatic then: "According to the law on driving as set forth at 6789 in the official register, turning to the right on the red light is prohibited"? Do you think I can drop 'as', which is right before 'set forth' in this sentence? – brilliant Sep 9 '18 at 11:39

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