Accepted Payment Methods

The USPTO accepts the following payment methods:

  • Check or Money Order – make payable to "Director of the USPTO." Refer to the Mailing and Hand Carry Addresses for Mail to the United States Patent and Trademark Office located within each weekly Official Gazette notice (towards the bottom of the Contents menu) for more information on where to direct your payment. There is a $50 processing fee for any check returned to the USPTO unpaid.

  • Credit/Debit Card* – the USPTO accepts American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, and Visa® credit cards and MasterCard® and Visa® branded 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. For credit or debit card payments submitted via fax, mail, or hand-delivery, use the Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2038); when paying online, no form is required. We recommend storing credit/debit cards in Financial Manager for the most efficient credit/debit card payment experience.

  • Deposit Account* – a pre-paid account stored and maintained online in Financial Manager that eliminates the need to send payment by check, credit card, or other payment type 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 exclusively online 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 in Financial Manager. All new EFT profiles are subject to an account verification process prior to first use (generally 8 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 by a customer’s financial institution using the Federal Reserve Fedwire System. Note that trademark fees cannot be paid via wire payment.

Payments from foreign countries must be payable and immediately negotiable in the United States for the full amount of the fee required. Please read the Fees & Payment FAQs for more details.  (TIP:  Use the keyword search feature on the FAQ page to help narrow the FAQ list to relevant items.)

* Note: most fees can be paid online at using these payment methods.