, which replaces Forms TX, VA, PA, SE, and SR.
Simply complete Form CO on your personal computer, print it out, and mail it along with a check or money order and a copy(ies) or your work. Check here for current fees.
Note: Form CO cannot be used for group registrations. Click here for group registration forms.
Below is some information regarding this form, and you can download it at the bottom of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright
For general questions about copyright, please click the link below:
Can I use a photocopy of Form CO to register my claim to copyright?
No. You must fill in Form CO on your computer, print out that filled-in form, and mail that copy together with the fee and the deposit. Make sure your Form CO has a 2D barcode on each page. The 2D barcodes contain the information that you typed onto your Form CO. These barcodes allow the Copyright Office to process each unique claim to copyright that is filed on Form CO.
Do not use screen shots or screen captures to create your Form CO. Sending a photocopy will significantly delay processing of your application.
Can I write information on Form CO by hand?
No. Your signature should be the only handwritten information on the form. The 2D barcodes that should appear on every page of Form CO after you have finished filling it out on your computer do not contain handwritten information. Without the 2D barcodes that are unique to each application, the Copyright Office cannot process a Form CO. Sending a handwritten Form CO (other than the signature) will significantly delay processing of your application.
The printed copy of my form doesn't show the 2D barcodes. Can I send the form as is?
No. Without the 2D barcodes, the Copyright Office cannot use its scanning technology to access the information on your Form CO. Without the 2D barcodes, your Form CO will not be accepted.
They also allow you to handle the entire copyright process online so for those of you who wish to upload your work, and handle everything online read below.
Registration with Electronic Copyright Office (eCO)
To file a claim to copyright in your work, we recommend you use the Copyright Office online system.
- Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)
- 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
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