US Copyright forms

U.S. Copyright Office Forms

Beginning this summer of 2007, enhanced versions of our forms will be available. These forms will be programmed with special, scannable barcodes that contain the information you type into the form. With new scanning software, the Office will be able to process these forms faster and more efficiently. Check back at this website for availability of the new versions.

Copyright Office application forms are available in PDF format and are best viewed with the latest, free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. For best results, fill in the form on-screen and then print it. To save forms, you must use the full version of Adobe Acrobat.

Forms submitted to the Copyright Office must be clear, legible, and on good quality 8.5-inch by 11-inch white paper. The office produces completed registration certificates by scanning the submitted applications. Thus, poorly printed applications will result in poor quality registration certificates.

If you have difficulty downloading or printing forms, you may also request Forms by Mail or by phone (202) 707-9100 (not toll-free).

Important Printing Instructions

Print forms head to head (top of page 2 is directly behind the top of page 1).

  • Use BOTH SIDES of a single sheet of paper. (Note: Short Forms are one-sided.)
  • Dot-matrix printer copies are not acceptable.
  • Inkjet printer copies require enlarging if you use the Shrink to Fit Page option.
  • To achieve best results, use a Laser Printer.

For more information, read Printing Solutions for PDF forms.


Literary works — For published or unpublished nondramatic works

Form TX
Form TX w/instructions
Short Form TX — Simplified version of Form TX (Read more about Short Forms.)
TX continuation sheet — Form CON
Form GR/CP w/instructions — An adjunct application to be used for a group of contributions to periodicals in addition to an application Form TX, PA, VA

Performing arts — For published or unpublished works

Form PA
Form PA w/instructions
Short Form PA — Simplified version of Form PA (Read more about Short Forms.)
PA continuation sheet — Form CON
Form GR/CP w/instructions— An adjunct application to be used for a group of contributions to periodicals in addition to an application Form TX, PA, VA

Sound recordings — For published or unpublished works

Form SR
Form SR w/instructions
SR continuation sheet — Form CON

Visual arts — For published or unpublished works

Form VA
Form VA w/instructions
Short Form VA - Simplified version of Form VA (Read more about Short Forms.)
VA continuation sheet — Form CON
Form GR/PPh/CON — Group registration of published photographs continuation sheet
Form GR/CP w/instructions — An adjunct application to be used for a group of contributions to periodicals in addition to an application Form TX, PA, VA

Serials — For newspapers, magazines, newsletters, annuals, journals, etc.

Form SE
Form SE w/instructions
Short Form SE — Simplified version of Form SE (Read more about Short Forms.)
Form SE/Group — For registration of a group of serials
SE continuation sheet — Form CON
Form G/DN — Registration of a group of daily newspapers

Mask works — For 3-dimensional patterns fixed on a semiconductor chip (not for theatrical facial masks)

Form MW w/instructions
Form MW/CON— Continuation sheet to be used only in conjunction with MW application form

Preregistration — For certain works that have had a history of prerelease infringement
# Electronic Form PRE
Recordation — For use when submitting transfers and other documents

Document Cover Sheet

Renewal — For renewal of claims of copyright

# Form RE
# Form RE/CON — Continuation form to be used only in conjunction with RE application form
# Addendum to Form RE — For all works published between January 1, 1964, and December 31, 1977, that were not registered during their first 28-year term. Must accompany form RE.

URAA — For restored works

Form GATT
Form GATT/CON — Continuation form to be iused only in conjunction with GATT application form

Correct an error or amplify the information given in a registration

Form CA
Form CA w/instructions
CA continuation sheet — Form CON

Cable Statement of Account Forms — for semiannual accounting periods beginning July 1, 2005

SA1-2 Short Form — For use by cable television systems whose semiannual
gross receipts are less than $527,600
SA3 Long Form — For use by cable television systems whose semiannual
gross receipts are $527,600 or more
Old Cable Statement of Account Forms

Satellite Statement of Account Form — for semiannual accounting periods beginning January 1, 2007

Satellite Statement of Account Form

Digital Audio Recording ProductsStatement of Account Forms
# Quarterly Statement of Account Form
# Annual Statement of Account Form

Initial Notice of Distribution of Digital Audio Recording Devices or Media

# Form
Notice of Use Form

M-269 Form — Notice of Use of Sound Recordings under Statutory License

Licensing Electronic Funds Transfer Form - For use by statutory licensees to receive refund payments via electronic funds transfer

EFT Form

Vessel Hull Design Forms — For further information see Registration of Designs of Vessel Hulls

Form D-VH Non Fill-in version — for registration of vessel hull designs
Form D-VH w/instructions Non Fill-in version — for registration of vessel hull designs
Form D-VH/CON Non Fill-in version — continuation sheet and for multiple designs
button Form DC — application to correct a design registration
button Form DVH-ID — recordation of distinctive identification of owner of vessel hull designs