Alien Registration Act Law and Legal Definition

The Alien Registration Act of 1940 is a U.S. federal statute. The Act requires all the non-citizen adult residents to register with the government. This Act is also known as the Smith Act.

The Act punishes with imprisonment or with fine for any federal criminal offences, such as:

1. causing any destruction to government, prints, publishes, edits, issues and other similar offences; and

2. organizing or attempting to organize any society, group, or assembly against the government.