Authentication Changes for EFS-Web and PAIR

If you use EFS-Web or Private PAIR, you will have a new, safer, and simpler log-in through a account starting in October and November 2018

How does logging in with help you?

  • Eliminates shared credentials: practitioners no longer need to share accounts with support staff because they will all have their own accounts.
  • Modernizes security processes with two-step authentication: username and password plus a one-time code delivered by email or mobile device application.
  • Saves time by granting access to multiple USPTO systems with one consolidated sign-in process.
  • Ensures USPTO compliance with the latest Federal Information Security Management Act requirements.
  • Helps resolve browser compatibility issues.
  • Gives users access to EFS-Web and Private PAIR until the planned full release of Patent Center in 2020.

Getting a account is quick and easy

If you don’t already have a account, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the MyUSPTO login
  2. Select “Create an account”
  3. Enter the email address you will use to sign in, as well as other necessary account information, and follow the prompts
  4. Opt-in to two-step authentication
  5. Once the tools are available, set up migration and sponsorship.

For additional information, see the account FAQ.

NOTE: If you use Financial Manager, you already have a account: Just opt-in to two-step authentication. Once the tools are available, set up migration and sponsorship.

If you need any assistance creating your account, please call the USPTO Contact Center (UCC) at 800-786-9199.

Stay informed

Get updates about the new authentication method, Patent Center, and patents topics by subscribing to USPTO Patent Alerts. You can also send any questions and comments related to the new authentication method for EFS-Web and Private PAIR, and Patent Center, to the team at

Upcoming action dates

Now October 2018 November 2018 December 2018

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Retire PKI

All PKI certificate holders and support staff should create accounts now, and set them up for two-step authentication.

We will release a migration tool to allow current PKI certificate holders to link their accounts to their PKI certificates.

Linkage allows use of accounts to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR.

PKI certificates will remain valid for a period of to-be-determined time after the linkage to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR.

Registered practitioners can sponsor their support staff to work on their behalf by giving them access via USPTO sponsorship tool. Transition from current PKI certificates to new authentication method must be complete.