Step-by-Step Registering Instructions
Registering With Form eCO*
This is the preferred method because not only is it faster, but it’s also has a lower filing fee starting at $35.00.
*NOTE: Basic registrations ONLY. To date only work(s) owned by the same claimant may be registered using Form eCO.
-Go to http://www.copyright.gov/
-On the home page, in the right hand column, CLICK on the Electronic Copyright Office icon
-Once on the eCO Online System page, it is recommended to read through some of the filing instructions first (these links are at the top of the page listed in red).
-CLICK on the Electronic Copyright Office logo and read the Security and Privacy paragraph, hit [CONTINUE].
Create a User ID and Password (second blue link, left-hand column).
-Fill out the Webforms (2 Separate pages) with your name, login information, address, preferred contact method, etc.
-Read the Usage Terms - CLICK [Next]
You may get a message about needing to change your password. If so, hit continue and change it accordingly.
- You’ll see a welcome page where you may view a Tutorial and/or read through some Tips
- CLICK [Register a New Claim] (left column, just under Copyright Services)
-You’ll see the 3 Steps needed to register your work broken down, exactly written as:
Step 1: Complete an application
Step 2: Make payment
Step 3: Submit your work
- CLICK [Start Registration] at the top to begin.
- Be sure to read through the instructions on each page before filling them out, and hit [Continue] to navigate to the next page, and so forth.
The eCO online form allows you to go back or forward and/or save what you already have in the system for later.
-Follow instructions accordingly, whether you’ll be uploading an electronic copy or mailing a hardcopy of your work (see address on page two of this article).
-After you’ve completed each step you should receive a confirmation page for your records.