A copyright registration is effective on the date the Copyright Office receives all of the required elements in acceptable form, regardless of how long it then takes to process the application and mail the certificate of registration. The time the Copyright Office requires to process an application varies, depending on the amount of material the Office is receiving and the personnel available. Keep in mind that it may take a number of days for mailed material to reach the Copyright Office and for the certificate of registration to reach the recipient after being mailed by the Copyright Office.
If you are filing an application for copyright registration in the Copyright Office, you will not receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received, but you can expect:
A letter or telephone call from a Copyright Office staff member if further information is needed;
A certificate of registration to indicate the work has been registered; or
If registration cannot be made, a letter explaining why it has been refused.
Please allow 120 days to receive a letter or certificate of registration.
want to know when the Copyright Office receives your material, you
should send it by registered or certified mail and request a return
receipt from the post office. Allow at least 3 weeks for the return
of your receipt.