Step 1: Click on “Create an account”.


Step 2: Complete the account creation form with the accurate details including a valid email address and submit.

  • Take note of your username and password for future sign-in and check your mailbox for verification email (


Step 3: Activate your account by clicking on the ACTIVATION LINK shown in the email.

  • In some cases you will need to check your JUNK/SPAM mail folder for the activation email. 
  • Additionally, if you cannot find the activation email, try to log into the portal using the Username and Password you provided during account creation, the system will AUTOMTICALLY resend the activation email again.


Step 4: After activating your account, you can now log into the system to file your online Copyright Registration Application.




The DASHBOARD shows the applicant’s summary of activities on the NeCRS account. 


From the dashboard applicant can perform the following task;


  • Respond to queries,
  • View saved and completed applications,
  • Edit saved applications,
  • View online certificates of approved applications and more.




Once you log into your account in the e-registration portal, click on “Register A New Work” on the dashboard section of the portal; a drop down menu indicating the various sections of the registration form will be shown.


There are eleven (11) sections to complete in the form.  Complete the appropriate sections and click on “Save and Next” to continue to the next sections. 



  1. The form can be saved and completed at a later date.
  2. All fields with asterisk (*) must be completed.
  3. At the right hand side of each section, you will find “Quick Tips” on how to complete the section.





  1. Applicant status:

The status of the applicant has to be indicated succinctly. Tick the option which best represents your status as indicated in the options. Where applicant is not the author, the basis of copyright claim should be disclosed; e.g. by virtue of an assignment (Assignee) or licence (Licensee) or person applying on behalf of author or copyright owner (agent).



  • An author is the individual (a human person) who created the work except in the case of sound recording or cinematograph film, in which an author may be a person by whom the arrangements for making the sound recording or the cinematograph film were concluded.
  • Copyright Owner is usually the author of the work, or the employer of the author, or any individual or other legal entity that has obtained ownership through a transfer of ownership, such as an assignment.


  1. Contact information (Address, telephone, email etc):

The name of the copyright owner and all other relevant contact information as indicated in the form should be given in the fullest form. If the contact information provided is that of the agent of the author or copyright owner, the certificate of registration and any correspondence relating to the application will be sent to the agent rather than the person named as the author or copyright owner.


  1. Type of work:

Select the category that describes the work. The following information may be helpful in selecting the appropriate category: 


  • Literary: Works consisting of text. This includes books, pamphlets, lectures (including an address, speech or sermon), tables and translations. Computer programs are also included in this category.


  • Musical: Means any work of music or musical composition (sulpha notes, symbols, melodies etc) with or without words, including compilations of musical works.


  • Sound recording: any sequence of sound fixed in a medium which makes it to be perceived or otherwise communicated aurally. It includes sound recordings of music, but does not include soundtrack associated with a cinematograph film.


  • Artistic works: Includes paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs (includes photo-lithograph and any work expressed by any process analogous to photography), engravings (includes etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, prints and other similar works), illustrations, sketches, sculptures (includes a cast or model), works of artistic craftsmanship, architectural works (meaning buildings or structures or any model of a building or structure) and compilations of artistic works. 


  • Cinematograph Film: This includes the fixation of images capable of being shown as a moving picture, and includes recording of sound track associated with the film. (note that screenplays, scripts, plays from which films could be made may qualify as literary works).


  1. Title of work:

You are to give a title for the work. If the work has no title; state “untitled” If it is an unpublished collection, give the collection title you want to appear in our records. It is recommended that the title be kept within 70 characters or below for ease of processing and capturing in certificate.


  1. Medium of Fixation:

Tick the appropriate medium in which the work is fixed and presented (eg. CD, Paper, VCD, DVD etc)


  1. Year of Creation:

Give the year in which the author completed the work you are sending to the Commission.A work is “created” when it is “fixed” in a tangible medium. You are not required to state specific date and month of creation. Duration of copyright is calculated by reference to the year of creation.


  1. Is work Published:

If the work has been published (i.e. copies have been distributed to the public), give the year of publication and the country where the publication first took place.


  1. Bibliographic and other registration Information (ISSN, ISBN or Others):


  • Provide information relating to the identification of the work such as the ISBN and ISSN provided by the National Library.


  • Where work has been registered or catalogued by other agencies, or registered in any country, information of such cataloguing or registration should be provided in the space provided after indicating “Yes


  1. Certificate pick-up location:

Apart from the preview copy of certificate which an applicant can print out upon approval of his application; the e-registration desk will issue a certificate duly signed and sealed which applicant may either receive by postage or pick up at any of the NCC Offices nationwide. Where pick-up is preferred, indicate the office location of preference from the drop down menu. You may check the commission’s general website ( for information on the various locations of the commission’s offices.




  1. In the case of a work of joint authorship, all authors are co-owners of the copyright, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.
  1. To add a new co-owner, click “Add more owners” otherwise move to the next section.


  1. An author is the individual (a human person) who created the work except in the case of sound recording or cinematograph film, in which an author may be a person by whom the arrangements for making the sound recording or the cinematograph film were concluded.
  1. The fullest form of the author’s name should be given.
  1. The author’s name should be filled whether or not copyright presently belongs to him/her, or have been transferred. All other particulars of the author like date of birth, nationality, and country of residence should be disclosed. Where the author is dead, state the year of death.





In the case of a work having more than one author, all the co-authors or joint authors names and other relevant information should be disclosed.


  • To add more co-authors, click ‘Add More Author(s)’ otherwise move to the next section.




  • If no please tick ‘No’, then‘Save’ and move to the next section.
  • If yes, click ‘Yes’, Complete the form, then ‘Save’ and move to the next section.




The information here should be as precise as possible to facilitate easy contact. Contact information such as name, email address and mobile number should be provided.




Where Applicant is not the original author/copyright owner, but has acquired a right in the work, the particulars of such right should be disclosed in this section. State the nature of transfer, whether it is a licence or an assignment; the parties, territory covered and duration, where applicable.




Application for registration should be accompanied by a copy of the work sought to be registered. The work forms part of the database of the Commission, mandated to be kept under the Copyright Act, and may be certified for use in evidence in proof of authorship, copyright ownership and other facts stated in the notification form.


  • Note: Deposit of work can be done both online and off-line





An application for registration of copyright must contain a declaration that the information submitted is true and correct. Note that misrepresentation and submission of false information may lead to cancellation of registration and revocation of certificate issued, in addition to any other legal proceedings that may be deemed appropriate by the Commission.




The following fees are applicable;

(Note: fees may be paid either in the () Nigerian Currency or ($) Dollars in the case of applicants making submission outside Nigeria);

  1. Copyright Registration Fee/registration of transfers                        ₦10,000                $60        
  2. Issuance of Certified true copy of Certificate                                      ₦5,000                  $30        
  3. Issuance of Certified true copy of form                                                ₦5,000                  $30        
  4. Corrections & Changes in submitted data                                           ₦5, 000                 $30  
  5. Issuance of certified true copy of a Work (Paper-based only)   
  • Works below 50 pages                                                    ₦5,000                  $30    

  • 51 - 100 pages                                                                  ₦7,500                  $40    

  • 101 - 200 pages                                                                ₦10,000                $60    

  • Above 201 pages                                                              ₦15,000                $90    


  • Applicants requesting to receive certificates or other documents issued by the Commission by post or courier may be charged accordingly for the cost of such postage or courier.




Types of Payment Methods;

  1. Online Payment (Credit/Debit Cards)
  2. Payment by Bank Deposit (At Any BANK Nationwide)
  3. Scratch Card (From any of our offices)

Payments can be in Nigerian Naira (₦) or US Dollar ($).

  1. Online Payment Method: payment can be made with both local and foreign debit and credit cards.  Applications fees paid using this method will automatically be processed.


  • Online payment may attract transaction fees (chargeable by financial service provider). 


  1.  Payment by Bank Deposit Method: Payment may be made by bank deposit any BANK, nationawide. Application fees paid using this method will only be processed after receipt of confirmation of payment by the e-registration desk.


  • Bank Deposit: For bank deposit, payment should be made first before submission of your work online. Failure to comply would result to delay in processing of your application.

    The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has implemented an electronic collection system to automate payments to NIGERIAN COPYRIGHT COMMISSION (NCC).

    Visit any BANK branch and Present your payment to the Teller (over-the-counter) and say you want to pay NIGERIAN COPYRIGHT COMMISSION via the Remita Platform

  • BULK payment are no longer allowed on the NCeRS platform, hence one teller/reference number per work or application. For example; five applications must have five separate teller/reference number respectively. 

  • Note: Already used reference number will automatically be rejected by the NCeRS system PLEASE CALL THE NCeRS DESK ON: (+234) 081803413611. 

  • For bank deposit payments, please endervour to enter the correct "Reference No (RRR), without the dash (-), e.g. RRR567399012188" follow by the Name of "Payer" as it is on the printed receipt and finally provide the "Date" of payment. 

  • In order to avoid delay and cancellation, It is important that the payment information are correct so as for easy confirmation by our account department. 

  1. Scratch Card Method: Application fees may be paid using the e-registration scratch card obtainable at designated points including the Commission’s offices nationwide.
  • This method can be used for both local and foreign applications. 
  • Applications fees that are paid using this method will automatically be processed.





All applications will be processed within sixty (60) days of submission, subject to delay arising from;

  • Delay in making payment or receipt of confirmation of payment;
  • Errors or omissions/insufficient information provided in the form;
  • Delay in rectification of any query on the part of the applicant.


  • Queried applications that are not rectified by the applicant within the ninety (90) days processing period will automatically be cancelled; and applicant will be required to submit a new application and pay the relevant fees.




Application processes include the following stages:

  • Pending Status
  • Queried Status
  • Processing Status
  • Approved Status


  1. Pending Applications: This status indicates that the application is new and has not yet be processed by the e-registration desk.
  2. Queried Applications: Applications with this status indicates that there is mistake with the application that needs correction or rectification by the applicant.  Applicants can respond to the query via their account by clicking on the question mark “? ”on the DASHBOARD or in the pending application folder.
  3. Processing Applications: Applications with such status are being treated and no mistake/error has been indicated.
  4. Approved Applications:  These are successful applications in which a certificate has been issued with Registration Number.  Applicants can view an “Online Preview” copy of the certificate, pending when they receive/pick up the signed hard-copy.
  •  Data relating to successful applications will be available on the copyright registration database and can be viewed by the general public via the homepage search feature.




  1. The Copyright registration desk will continue to receive and process applications for copyright registration not submitted through the online platform, at all Offices of the Commission nationwide.
  1. Applicants are free to contact the commission through email, or telephone for clarifications concerning the online registration or any other services provided by the Commission.
  1. Fees payable for any transaction are not refundable.