MPEP Q & A 117: Items a ‘Corrective Document’ Must Include?

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Question:

An error in a recorded assignment document will be corrected by the Assignment Division provided a “corrective document” is submitted. What items must the “corrective document” include?

Answer:

The “corrective document” must include the following items:

  • A copy of the original assignment document with the corrections made therein. The corrections must be initialed and dated by the party conveying the interest; and
  • A new Recordation Form Cover Sheet

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 300 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Ownership and Assignment.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 323 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 323.

323    Procedures for Correcting Errors in Recorded Assignment Document

This section covers the procedures for the correction of errors in a recorded assignment. In order to correct errors in a recorded assignment, a correction document must be submitted. The requirements of this correction document are outlined in this section including correcting errors in recorded cover sheets, typographical errors in both the cover sheet and the document itself, changes to names of the recorded party, and expungement of assignment records.