Accepted payment methods

Accepted payment methods

The USPTO accepts the following payment methods:

  • Cash – only accepted in-person at USPTO locations in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia.
  • Check or Money Order – make payable to "Director of the USPTO." There is a $50 processing fee for any check returned to the USPTO unpaid.
  • Credit or Debit Card – the USPTO accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards and debit cards that do not require the use of a PIN. There is a $24,999.99 daily limit per credit card account, but there is no daily limit for debit cards.  
  • Deposit Account – a pre-paid account stored and maintained online using the USPTO’s Financial Manager. A deposit account eliminates the need to send payment by check, credit card, or other methods each time a fee is required. A pre-authorization to charge a deposit account may also be used to satisfy any deficiency in payment, thus preserving the original filing date or payment date of an application.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – an online payment method stored and maintained in Financial Manager that is settled using funds pulled directly from a U.S. bank account. Customers who wish to use this payment method must first create an EFT profile in Financial Manager. All new EFT profiles are subject to an account verification process prior to first use (generally eight business days). There is a $50 processing fee for any EFT payment that is declined or charged back by a financial institution.
  • Wire Payment – a payment initiated through a customer’s financial institution using the Federal Reserve Fedwire System, which may be submitted for patent fees or deposit account replenishments. The wire must include identifying information such as application number or patent number for fee payments or deposit account number for replenishments to prevent delays in processing. Note that trademark fees cannot be paid via wire payment.

Payments from foreign countries must be paid in U.S. dollars for the full amount of the fee required. View the current fee amounts on the USPTO Fee Schedule.

Submission options for payment methods

The table below indicates the submission options available for each payment method.

 

In-Person

Mail

Fax

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Cash

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Check/Money Order

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Credit/Debit Card

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Deposit Account

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EFT

 

 

 

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1 – Most fees can be paid online at uspto.gov. Some exceptions apply.

2 – Wire payments are made through customer’s financial institution and not via the USPTO website.

Pay online

Various USPTO storefronts accept online payments. Visit the storefront that corresponds to the type of payment you are trying to make. A brief description of the storefronts, along with links to each, is available on the Fees and payment page.

We accept credit and debit card, deposit account, or EFT payments online at uspto.gov. Deposit accounts and EFTs must be stored in Financial Manager in order to be available for use in payments. Although not required, we recommend storing credit and debit cards in Financial Manager for the most efficient payment experience. Do not submit the Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2038) when paying by credit or debit card online.

Pay by fax

The fax number will vary depending on the type of payment you wish to make. We accept credit and debit card or deposit account payments via fax. For credit and debit card payments, include the Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2038).

Frequently requested fax numbers are indicated in the table below. For a more comprehensive listing of fax numbers, refer to the Contact us page.

Office

Type of payment

Fax number

Patents Application Assistance Unit

Patents pre-examination or post-examination fees

571-273-8300

Maintenance Fee Branch

Patent maintenance fees

571-273-6500

Trademarks

Trademark fees

Click here

Pay by mail

The mailing address will vary depending on the type of payment you wish to make. We accept check or money order, credit or debit card, or deposit account via mail. Do not send cash via mail. For credit and debit card payments, include the Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2038).

For a listing of current mailing addresses, refer to the Mailing and hand carry addresses page.

Pay in-person

You may make payments in-person at two USPTO locations: the Trademark Assistance Center in Alexandria, Virginia or the Patent and Trademark Copy Fulfillment Branch in Arlington, Virginia. We accept cash, check or money order, credit and debit card, or deposit account payments at these locations.