Posthumous applications

posthumous registration
You can submit posthumous applications for both the UK and Irish PLR schemes through the UK PLR office.

First applications to be registered for PLR may not be made by the estate of a deceased author. However, if the deceased had registered books for PLR during their lifetime, under certain circumstances, additional books may be registered by the executor (or the new owner if the PLR rights have been assigned).

Once you have been formally registered as an assignee you will receive a printout listing all the books in which you hold PLR interests (refer to Assigning / Renouncing PLR for further details). If a book is missing from the list, or if a new title or edition of a book has been published since the original registered owner’s death, it may be eligible for posthumous registration.

Posthumous applications to register new titles can only be accepted if the book was published within one year before, or up to ten years after the date of the original registered owner’s death.

New editions of existing registered titles can be added at any time during the life of PLR (up to seventy years after the date of the original registered owner’s death)

Submitting your posthumous application

You must register separately each book and each new edition where it has a different ISBN. However, once an ISBN has been registered you need not apply for it again. Applications to register for PLR must be made on an official application for posthumous registration form.

If this is your first application for posthumous registration, the personal representative and the new owner must jointly complete the appropriate sections of the First Application for Posthumous Registration form. The certificate section of the form must be completed by an independent witness who knew the original registered owner for at least two years before their death. 

Providing that a First Application for Posthumous Registration has been processed, any subsequent applications for posthumous registration may be made by the new owner of the PLR on a Subsequent Application for Posthumous Registration form.  It is not necessary for the personal representative to complete the form, and the certificate section is not required on subsequent forms. Full details regarding posthumous registration can be found in our Information Leaflet - UK and Irish Assignment and Posthumous Registration. 

Before submitting your application, please check that:

You have downloaded the correct form – ie if this is your first application to register books posthumously, you have downloaded the First Application for Posthumous Registration form. If this is not your first posthumous application, you should download the Subsequent Application for Posthumous Registration form. Alternatively, you may contact us to request a form and guide to be posted to you. Unfortunately, the online service is not available for applicants wishing to register posthumously.


The books are eligible under the rules for posthumous registration and shares have been allocated correctly.  Refer to the Information Leaflet - UK and Irish Assignment and Posthumous Registration for further details.The original registered owner met the residence requirements at the time of their death (ie they were resident in the EEA).


Registration service (UK & Irish PLR)

How to apply for PLR, information on eligibility and payments

Applying for PLR

How to apply for UK and Irish PLR and advice on eligibility, including frequently asked questions

PLR forms and leaflets

Application forms with guidance notes and information leaflets can be found here

Registration of non-print material

Advice on registration and eligibility of non-print material (audio-books, ebooks, e-audio books)

PLR payments

Advice on PLR payments including payment dates, amending details, statements, income tax, VAT, collecting societies

Assigning / Renouncing PLR

How to assign PLR rights (gift/sale or transfer on death) or remove interests from the register

PLR news stories

UK PLR payments update

1 February 2019

Over 22,000 authors have received a payment through UK PLR

Advisory Committee for PLR - new member

3 December 2018

Writer and translator Daniel Hahn appointed to the PLR Advisory Committee

Most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries

27 July 2018

The latest annual data shows the most borrowed authors and books in UK public libraries during 2016-17

Advisory Committee for PLR - new member

11 June 2018

Writer and illustrator Alexis Deacon appointed to the PLR Advisory Committee

More news stories

PLR case studies

…“The financial support is invaluable – translators don’t always get a royalty so PLR is really precious. Equally important is the symbolic recognition of our stake in a book. While it is taken for granted that an author has a stake in a book it is not always remembered that a translator does too.”…

Daniel Hahn, translator and writer, registered for PLR on the publication of his first translation. He values highly the existence of the built-in PLR share to which all translators are entitled. Having translated 35 books and written several others since 2007, Daniel outlined his career as a translator and how he works.

…“I expected pennies and I got pounds! Quite a few more than I had expected. How many times in somebodies life do you get something for nothing?”…

Audio-book narrator Jeff Harding, registered for his PLR share in an astonishing 658 audio books when the extension of UK PLR to non-print material was first introduced in July 2014. He currently has over 700 titles registered. Jeff describes the skills of narration and explains what PLR means to him.

…Tracy Chevalier, Alexis Deacon and S F Said tells us why it is important that contributors register for PLR, how easy it is to apply and the value of PLR to them.…

Watch our short video in which authors Tracy Chevalier and S F Said and writer / illustrator Alexis Deacon talk about why eligible contributors should register for payment through the government-funded PLR scheme.