You’ll verify your identity online through ID.me, which meets NIST’s 800-63-3 guidelines for Identity Assurance Level 2. In most cases, this takes less than 15 minutes.
As part of the process, you’ll create an account with ID.me if you don’t already have one. If you have an existing ID.me account, you must use that.
Watch the video to the right for a demonstration of the USPTO's online identity verification option through ID.me.
The USPTO-specific ID.me page addresses many issues you may encounter during the ID.me process, and the ID.me privacy bill of rights explains how you are in complete control of your data during this process.
What you'll need
In addition to a USPTO.gov account, you'll need:
- A smartphone, tablet, or computer with a front-facing camera and an internet connection. If using a webcam-equipped computer, please review ID.me's instructions for taking a selfie using a webcam.
- A government-issued photo ID with the name identical to the name on your USPTO.gov account. If they don’t match, the name on your USPTO.gov account will be automatically updated to match your ID.
ID.me will ask you for the following information, which won’t be shared with the USPTO:
- Your Social Security number, which ensures your account can’t be duplicated.
- Biometric data in the form of a selfie and photo ID, used to verify your identity.
- Permission to access your credit profile in order to perform a soft credit check. Your credit score won't be affected.
ID.me uses this information solely to verify that you are who you say you are and prevent your account from being duplicated by anyone attempting to impersonate you. ID.me uses secure technology and federally compliant information protection practices to safeguard your data. You can view or change your privacy settings online at any time.
The USPTO does not receive any personally identifiable information from ID.me other than your name.
Your ID.me account is only used to verify your identity, and the USPTO doesn’t require you to maintain it after that. However, in the future if you want to change your legal name or make certain other changes to your USPTO.gov account, you’ll need an active ID.me account to confirm the changes.
Selecting your filing role
Your filing role tells us how you use our filing system and what verification options you need. If you've filed trademark forms in the past, then you've already selected one of these roles within the TEAS form, and you can select the same role for identity verification.
- A trademark owner can file anything they need to on their own applications and registrations if they are unrepresented, or they can appoint an attorney to handle these matters for them.
- A U.S.-licensed attorney can file all documents for their clients and can also sponsor support staff and paralegals to work under their supervision.
- A Canadian attorney/agent can file certain, permitted documents for their clients and can also sponsor support staff and paralegals to work under their supervision.
- A support staff member can assist with filing documents for clients, but needs to be sponsored by a verified attorney to do so.
Completing the verification process
To complete the ID verification process, follow these basic instructions:
- Log in to your USPTO.gov account
- Go to the Trademark account ID verification page by selecting any TEAS form link
- Choose your filing role
- Select “Verify with ID.me” and follow the prompts on ID.me to verify your identity
See the ID.me website for step-by-step instructions on verifying with a driver's license or state ID or verifying with a passport.
In the event that ID.me can't automatically verify your identity with the information you provide, you may be prompted to continue in a short video call where you will be required to show your physical documents, called a Trusted Referee session. After the session, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to share your verification status with the USPTO. You must follow the instructions to complete the identity verification process and maintain access to our filing system.