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2408 Additional Certificates of Registration or Renewal

2408 Additional Certificates of Registration or Renewal


An additional certificate is a certified copy of an original certificate of registration or renewal. Additional certificates are issued under the seal of the U.S. Copyright Office and they have the same legal effect as the original copy of the certificate.


The form of an additional certificate varies depending upon the date of the original registration.


• Certificates of Registration and Renewal Issued on or before December 31, 1977: An additional certificate for a claim registered or renewed on or before December 31, 1977 consists of a photocopy of the original application together with a preprinted certification statement containing the registration or renewal number and the date of the certification. If the Office is unable to prepare a photocopy of the original application, the additional certificate may be created by typing the title of the work, the date of publication, the name of the copyright claimant, the registration or renewal number, and the effective date of registration on a preprinted certification form.


• Certificates of Registration or Renewal Issued on or after January 1, 1978: Generally, an additional certificate for a claim registered or renewed on or after January 1, 1978, consists of either a photocopy of the original application or an electronically generated document containing pertinent information from the original application. For some registrations stored on microfilm, an additional certificate may consist of an image from the microfilm attached to a cover sheet that contains the seal of the Office, the signature of the Register of Copyrights, and a statement certifying the facts contained in the image from the microfilm.



In all cases, the signature of the Register of Copyrights and the official seal of the U.S. Copyright Office will appear on the certificate along with a stamp that identifies the document as an additional certificate.


NOTE: The Office will not issue an additional certificate for a registration that has been cancelled.