USPTO issuing electronic registration certificates

We transitioned to electronic registration certificates on May 24, 2022. 

Trademark registration certificates are no longer issued by printing the registration certificate on paper and mailing the certificate to the correspondence address of record. Instead, the registration is issued electronically by the USPTO under electronic signature of the Director and with a digital seal in gold, which serves to authenticate the registration and ensure the documentation wasn’t modified. Clicking on the gold seal will display the signature properties and signer’s certificate information. 

The USPTO uploads official registration certificates to the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system and emails trademark owners and all email addresses of record a link to access their certificates upon issue. You can view, download, and print a complete copy of your registration certificate at any time and for no charge. 

Request a copy of the registration

While the USPTO no longer sends paper registration certificates upon issue, you can order printed copies. 

Presentation copy

Presentation are one-page paper copies of the registration that are suitable for display and framing. They feature a gold foil seal, identify the owners, display bibliographic data, and indicate the trademark and classes of goods or services, but do not list the goods and services. Presentation copies are not registration certificates or certified copies of the trademark registration. 

Some trademark owners are eligible for one free presentation copy. Eligibility depends on what date you filed your initial application and what date your trademark registration issued. If you filed your initial application before May 24, 2022, then you may be eligible. Anyone who filed an initial application on or after May 24, 2022 must purchase a copy. 

Presentation copies are only available for registrations that issued on or after August 13, 2013. 

Application dateRegistration dateCost
Before May 24, 2022On or after May 24, 2022Free
Before May 24, 2022August 13, 2013 - May 23, 2022$25
On or after May 24, 2022Future date$25

Receive a presentation copy

Use the Order Trademark Presentation Copy of Registration Certificate form in TEAS.

Certified copy

Trademark owners can still order a certified copy of their trademark registration for $15. Owners of registrations that issued before August 13, 2013 can only order a certified copy. This printed copy certifies the trademark’s status and title, and includes the signature of an authorized certifying officer. You can use this copy in connection with legal proceedings and some filings abroad. For more information about ordering certified copies of trademark registrations, visit the USPTO Certified Copy Center.

Why this change occurred 

Over the years, many of our customers indicated that they would prefer to receive their trademark registration certificate in a digital format rather than as a paper certificate. In response to this feedback, we began issuing trademark registrations via electronic certificates to anyone whose trademark registers. This change makes certificates more accessible and decreases the time for customers to receive them, while simultaneously furthering the USPTO's efforts to implement beginning-to-end electronic processing for trademark applications. 

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