The Copyright Office is modernizing its operations by moving
from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment. This
change will allow the Office to better meet the needs of its
customers through more online services and faster processing
times. However, the transition has caused a temporary backlog
of paper applications. The time lag for receiving a registration
certificate is currently up to 8 months. The Office is working
diligently to improve the processing time and apologizes for
Regardless of when you receive your certificate, the effective date of
registration of a work is still the day all the required elements in acceptable
form are received by the Copyright Office.
You are strongly encouraged to register claims using the new Web-based
registration system named electronic Copyright Office (eCO) e-Service.
Currently in production under a beta test, eCO e-Service is easy to use
and offers a reduced fee for electronic registrations ($35). You will
receive your registration certificate in a much shorter time than you
will if you send a paper application.