Identity verification for trademark filers

To better protect our customers from scams and fraudulent activities related to the trademark register, earlier this year the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced identity verification for USPTO.gov account holders who use the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and TEAS international (TEASi). To complete this one-time process, customers can choose to verify their identities through a paper identity verification process or online via ID.me. Legal professional support staff, such as paralegals, must use the sponsorship tool and have their identities verified by their sponsoring attorney.

Starting August 6, 2022, identity verification will be required for USPTO.gov account holders to file through TEAS and TEASi. Read our latest Director's blog for more information.

Updates to online verification process using ID.me

We've made a few changes to the online verification process:

  • The original online, self-service option is still available but will now automatically delete your selfie 24 hours after account creation to protect privacy. Customers who previously verified their USPTO.gov account through ID.me prior to June 30 can choose to delete their biometric data on the ID.me website. See the privacy section below.
  • A new option when verifying through ID.me is now available. This option does not use facial recognition technology or collect biometric data.
  • The paper verification option is also still available for customers who do not want to verify through the online option. 

Common questions

Expand the sections below to find answers to common questions about identity verification.