If you are within driving distance of the Copyright Office, I highly recommend you deliver your registration by hand. There is just something fulfilling about walking in, presenting your application, and receiving a receipt for that registration. The office staff there are friendly and as helpful as they can be.
When you arrive, there’s a fair amount of street parking to the East of the building, metered, and with a 2 hour limit where non-metered around the residences. Park, and head to the fourth floor, and coming off the elevators, you can’t miss the double doors right off the foyer. You can arrive as late as 5pm, but you can’t do credit card transactions after 4:30. I recommend you have a Deposit Account anyway (click here to learn how to set one up and maintain it), especially for ease of consistent registration. They’ll check your DA to ensure there is sufficient balance on the account to cover the registration(s) you’re dropping off, and hand you a receipt, and you’re done.
It's worth noting that the Copyright Office has begun their beta testing of it's "electronic Copyright Office", or "eCO", and participation is open to the public. If you're like to participate, check out Hot Topics at www.copyright.gov.
A Walk Through The Copyright Office:
- The CO – Introduction
- The CO – Your Registration Arrives
- The CO – Come On In
- The CO – Step 2
- The CO – Step 3
- The CO – Step 4
- The CO – Step 4A (Optional)
- The CO – Step 5
- The CO – Step 6
- The CO – Step 7
- The CO – All Done
- The CO – Special Circumstances (For You)
- The CO – Special Circumstances (For The CO)
- The CO – Closing Thoughts
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