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1412.8 Special Handling Fees

1412.8 Special Handling Fees


The U.S. Copyright Office offers expedited handling of applications and documents, as well as requests for searches, certifications, or other services. The Office charges an additional fee for expedited services, called a special handling fee. The current fees for these services are set forth in the Office’s regulations at 37 C.F.R. § 201.3 (D), and on its website under the heading “Special services.” For detailed information on these fees, see Chapter 600, Section 623.6 and Chapter 2400, Section 2411.3.


The special handling fee must be paid for each application, each document, or other service for which expedited service is requested and granted. Once a request for special handling has been granted, the special handling fee is not refundable, regardless of whether the Office issues a certificate of registration or a certificate of recordation or refuses to register or refuses to record the document.