The USPTO has simplified the process for filing a design patent electronically and the process is faster and ultimately less expensive than filing a paper application (the USPTO will soon implement a higher fee rate for paper applications). If you plan to file electronically, you will need to save your drawings as a PDF (or set of PDFS), and you will need to save your Specification as a PDF. Most word processing programs can do the latter, and most image programs such as Photoshop can accomplish the former.
You start at the EFS home page (click here) and choose “eFile Unregistered” under Patent Electronic Filing. (We’re assuming you’re not a registered efiler with the USPTO.)
On the next screen you will be asked to submit your application and finally you will be taken to a site to pay by credit card. The USPTO will not commence activity on your application until the fees are paid. You will receive an electronic receipt and proof of filing.