U.S. Copyright Office Forms
Primary Registration Method
Registration with Electronic Copyright Office (eCO)
To file a claim to copyright in your
work, we recommend you use the Copyright Office online system.
Before using the service, we recommend you first read eCO Acceptable File Types, eCO
FAQs, or eCO Tutorial (PowerPoint) eCO Tutorial (PDF).
- Lower filing fee of $35 for a Single Application (single author, same claimant, one work, not for hire)
- Fastest processing time
- Online status tracking
- Secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright
Office deposit account
- The ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into
eCO as electronic files
Processing Time: The time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies, depending on the number of applications the Office is receiving and clearing at the time of submission and the extent of questions associated with the application. Current Processing Times
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Alternate Registration Method
Registration with Paper Forms
The fee for
a basic registration using one of these forms is $85 payable by check or
money order. Form CON (continuation sheet for applications) is also still
available in paper. Paper forms are also available by postal mail upon
request. Short forms are no longer available online. See below for Group Registrations.
Group Registration of Photographs - Read factsheet SL-39 for special requirements.
Types of Applications that Must Be Completed on Paper
Certain applications must be completed on paper and mailed to the Copyright
Office with the appropriate fee and deposit. Those application forms appear
Copyright Office application forms are available in PDF format and should
be viewed with the latest, free Adobe
Acrobat Reader program. For best results, fill in the form on-screen
and then print it. To save completed forms, you must use the full
version of Adobe Acrobat.
Forms submitted to the Copyright Office must be clear, legible, and on
good quality 8.5-inch by 11-inch white paper. The office produces completed
registration certificates by scanning the submitted applications. Thus, poorly
printed applications will result in poor quality registration certificates.
|Notice: Please be aware that when
you register your claim to a copyright in a work with the U.S. Copyright
Office, you are making a public record. All the information you provide
on your copyright registration is available to the public and will be
available on the Internet.
Important Printing Instructions
Print forms head to head (top of page 2 is directly behind the top of page
- Use BOTH SIDES of a single sheet of paper. (Note: Short Forms
- Dot-matrix printer copies are not acceptable.
- Inkjet printer copies require enlarging if you use the Shrink to Fit
- To achieve best results, use a Laser Printer.
For more information, read Printing Solutions for PDF
Group Registration Forms
| Visual Arts
| Mask works — For
3-dimensional patterns fixed on a semiconductor chip (not for theatrical
Form MW w/instructions
MW/CON — Continuation sheet to be used
only in conjunction with MW application form
|Preregistration — For certain works that have
had a history of prerelease infringement
Electronic Form PRE
|Licensing Electronic Funds Transfer Form - For use by statutory licensees to receive refund payments via electronic funds transfer