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1802.9 (C) Examination of the Certificate of Registration for the Basic Registration

1802.9 (C) Examination of the Certificate of Registration for the Basic Registration


When the U.S. Copyright Office receives an application for a supplementary registration, the registration specialist will compare the information in the application with the information in the basic registration. If the Office has a digital copy of the certificate of registration, the specialist should be able to conduct his or her review without obtaining a physical copy of the certificate. If the supplementary registration corrects or amends a registration that is not available in digital form, the specialist will ask the applicant to submit a copy of the certificate via email. If the applicant is unable to do so, the Office will charge an additional fee to make a physical copy of the certificate. This fee is set forth in the Office’s fee schedule under the heading “Provision of an additional certificate of registration.” See 37 C.F.R. §§ 201.3 (C) (12), 201.6 (E) (5); Supplementary Registration, 81 Fed. Reg. 86,656, 86,659 (Dec. 1, 2016).