Notice Regarding Registration Exam Scheduling
The Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) has temporarily extended the window for scheduling the registration examination. No action on the part of applicants is necessary.
For applicants who are admitted to take the registration examination during the months of April and May 2021, OED will set the scheduling window to 240 days.
The modification of registration examination scheduling periods as referenced herein is temporary. OED will post notice prior to a return to the regular scheduling window.
Prometric re-instated rescheduling fees on August 3, 2020 according to established program policies.
How can I submit a request to OED?
|A list of requests, requirements, fees, and routine processing times is provided at Routine Processing of Certain Documents Submitted to OED.|
How can I apply for the registration examination?
|You may apply or reapply online at Exam Applicant Portal OR by mail PTO 158 form – Please refer to the General Requirements Bulletin for applicable fees.|
Account Management for Registered Practitioners:
|Please use the User ID or Password Recovery tool at OEDIS-CI.|
Evaluation of Qualifications:
|No, OED staff members do not provide a telephone evaluation of an applicant’s scientific and technical qualifications. You are encouraged to submit an application with required fees and supporting documentation. Your application will be reviewed and we will advise you whether you are eligible to be admitted to the registration examination.|
|The official transcript will be accepted from an applicant (original mailed to OED) or directly from the university or college (original mailed to OED or official electronic transcripts sent to OED@uspto.gov). A diploma, copy of the diploma, or copy of the transcript will not be accepted. The college or university transcript must be official and include the university stamp or seal. Certified English translations of foreign language documents must be furnished for the foreign language documents to be considered.|
|If your degree does not identically match one of the Category A degrees, OED will evaluate your degree to determine whether your degree is equivalent to one of the listed Category A degrees. However, to avoid delays in processing, you may wish to submit course descriptions with your initial application to permit a Category B analysis if degree equivalence is not apparent from the transcript.|
|Applicants must submit transcripts that support the requirements for registration as shown in the GRB. You are not required to submit transcripts that are not relied upon to establish scientific and technical qualifications. However, it may be beneficial if you submit it.|
Questions 14-21 of form PTO-158:
|Disclose the information. Provide honest and complete answers to all questions on the second page of the application form. If the answer is "yes", then mark the "yes" box, and provide the appropriate explanation and supporting documentation. For more information please see GRB at pages 13-14.|
|Pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 11.8(a), OED publishes the names and application addresses of individuals seeking registration or recognition to practice before the USPTO to solicit information concerning the individual's good moral character and reputation. The address used is the address of record at the time the applicant passes the exam or a waiver or reciprocity application is approved. If you would like to have a different address published you may submit a Change of Address request prior to the publication. Once the names and addresses are published in the Official Gazette they cannot be changed.|
Please do not call OED regarding the status of an application unless applicant has not received a response four weeks after submitting an application or supplemental papers. However, an applicant who has not received a response from OED after four weeks should contact OED as soon as possible thereafter. An applicant should not expect to receive any extension to the ninety-day window for scheduling the examination, particularly in a situation where the applicant delayed reporting the lack of receipt after four weeks.
|Applicants who wish to receive an acknowledgment of the receipt of an application are required to include with the application a self-addressed stamped postcard to be used for the application receipt. OED will stamp the receipt date on the postcard and place it in the outgoing mail.|
|OED staff cannot evaluate applications on the phone. If you receive an incomplete notice, and desire further consideration of your scientific and technical qualifications, please submit a written request for reconsideration to OED or you may submit a petition to the Director of OED. Any petition for review must include the $420 fee. |
Change of Address for Applicants:
|You must notify OED in writing by mail, e-mail, or fax. The change should be signed by the applicant and clearly indicate that the request is for an applicant who is taking the exam. You must also notify Prometric at the phone number and address shown on the admission letter. |
| An applicant reapplying after a notice of failure or no-show must submit the following:|
|The examination includes 100 multiple-choice questions, of which 90 are scored. To pass the examination, an applicant must correctly answer seventy percent of the scored questions (63 of 90). Each scored question has been psychometrically analyzed to ensure the question provides a useful assessment of an applicant’s legal qualifications. Additional information pertaining to the exam style can be found on page 20 of the GRB|
Exam Test Center:
|Prometric, the commercial provider that delivers the USPTO registration examination, has test centers throughout the United States to administer the computer-based examination. After you receive your admission letter from the USPTO, please contact Prometric as soon as possible to schedule exam at www.prometric.com or call the Toll Free Number: 800-479-6369.|
Exam at Prometric:
| If the applicant has time remaining on their examination window, they may call the USPTO to request their eligibility to be reset with Prometric. An applicant who fails to take a scheduled examination will be subject to Prometric rescheduling and fee policies.|
If there is no time remaining on the eligibility window, the applicant may thereafter reapply for admission. The fees upon reapplication include the $110.00 application fee and the $210.00 examination fee.
|Extension of time to take the examination should not be expected even if, as the end of the exam window approaches, the applicant is having difficulty scheduling an examination or is unprepared to take the examination. You are strongly urged to schedule your appointment promptly, because some test sites fill quickly. Availability of a particular site on a particular day is not guaranteed. Waiting until the last few weeks to schedule an appointment may necessitate that you arrange to take the examination at a site and on a date differing from your preference. For any other reason, the applicant must submit a written request with an original signature along with documentation supporting the request.|
| The unofficial results are displayed on the computer terminal and printed at the Prometric’s Test Center at the end of the examination.|
An applicant taking the examination over two days (due to a reasonable accommodations granted) will NOT receive unofficial results at the Prometric Test Center.
Official Results are typically mailed to the address of record within 5 business days.
| You may schedule an appointment to review the questions and answers you answered incorrectly. Any such review session must occur within 60 days of the mailing date of the notice of results.You may schedule a computer-based review session with Prometric. The cost of a Prometric review session is currently $205.00.|
Alternatively, you may schedule a paper-based review session at the Office of Enrollment and Discipline in Alexandria, Virginia. The cost of a USPTO review session is currently $470.00
|No, applicants must submit both fees at the time the application is submitted to OED. The application will be deemed incomplete without the fee and OED will not process the application unless all fees are received with the completed application.|
|Yes, the applicant may choose to submit one or two checks.|
|The $210.00 registration examination fee will be refunded to a disapproved applicant in due course; the $110.00 application fee is not refundable. The fees from one application will not be deferred to another application.|
|No, applications for the computer-based registration examination administered by Prometric are accepted every day in the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.|
General Requirements Bulletin (GRB):
| Yes, at the following link: General Requirement Bulletin.|
Petition on Decision Status:
|OED can confirm that an applicant’s petition and the $420.00 fee was received; however, OED cannot discuss its merits.|
Certificate for Registered Attorneys & Agents:
|It takes approximately 3 months for delivery in most cases.|
How can I find a registered patent practitioner?
| OED maintains a register of active patent practitioners who are eligible to represent others before the USPTO in patent matters.|
You may also view and download historical roster books published since 1883.
|Submitting Requests:|| E-mail: OED@uspto.gov|
Fax: (571) 273-0074
Mail: Mail Stop OED, United States Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
|The OED office hours are from 8:30am to 5:00pm (Monday – Friday).|