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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 4-6  
4. Can you please provide the process by which to obtain copies of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) applications or certificates?

Answer: Publicly available information about applications is listed on our website under Public Access Databases. Once a Certificate of Protection is issued, the entire contents of the file are open to the public.

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5. What method of payment is available for PVPO fees?

Answer: You can pay fees with a check or major credit card such as VISA, American Express, Discover, or Master Card using our approved Credit Card Payment Form (pdf). Fax the credit card form to the office at (301) 504-5291. Use the more link for additional instructions for making payments. We do not accept cash in the office.

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6. Do I need to send a seed sample?

Answer: The applicant may get a filing date and application number without providing a seed sample by using the direct deposit option that is described in Sections 97.6 and 97.7 of the PVP regulations. With this option, the voucher seed sample must be deposited within three (3) months after the filing date and must consist of 3,000 untreated seeds that germinate at 85 percent or greater. The seed sample should consist of breeder seed. The voucher sample for tubers will be requested just prior to the issuance of the Certificate and associated procedures and costs will be explained at that time.

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  Last Modified Date: 11/30/2012