The application must be certified by the author/claimant named in the application, by the owner of one or more of the exclusive rights in the issues, or by a duly authorized agent of the author/claimant or the owner of one or more of the exclusive rights in the issues.
The person who certifies the application certifies that the information provided in the application is correct to the best of his or her knowledge. Knowingly making a false representation of a material fact in an application, or in any written statement filed in connection with the application, is a crime that is punishable under 17 U.S.C. § 506 (E).
When completing an online application, the applicant should provide the first and last name of the individual who certified the application in the space marked Name of Certifying Individual. In addition, the applicant should check the box that reads, “I certify that I am the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights, or the authorized agent of the author, copyright claimant, or owner of exclusive rights of this work and that the information given in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.” There is no need to date the certification; the date will be added automatically when the application is received by the U.S. Copyright Office. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.3 (C) (3)(iv).