Fees & Processing

Review Fee

An organization seeking document certification must pay a nonrefundable Review Fee so we can determine whether the document meets our standards. We base the fee on the document’s length as you ordinarily use (or intend to use) the document:

Number of Pages
Review Fee
more than 20 pages

You may pay the Review Fee by mailing a check payable to:

The Plain English Institute
PO Box
Boulder CO 80308

If you want to pay by credit card, please email us at plainenglishinstituteorg@gmail.com 
We will need:

  • The exact name on the card
  • The card number
  • The expiration date
  • The card’s security code
  • The complete billing address associated with that card
  • Your email address

Annual License Fee

If we award the “Plain English Certified” designation for a document, we will license your organization to use PEI’s “Plain English Certified” designation and/or certification mark without charge for the remainder of that calendar year. In subsequent years, to continue the license, you must pay an Annual License Fee.

Your Organization’s Gross Annual Revenue in the Prior Year
Annual License Fee
Less than $500,000
Same as Review Fee
$500,000 to 1,000,000
Review Fee x 1.5
$5,000,001 to 10,000,000
Review Fee x 2
More than $10,000,000
Review Fee x 2.5

* We will also negotiate a one-time perpetual license on a case by case basis.

Process and Timetable

After you submit a document for review and pay the Review Fee, we will ordinarily determine whether to certify the document within two weeks. If we certify the document, we will notify you by email and email a license to you.

If we determine a document does not meet our standards, we will email you a brief explanation. You may then modify the document and resubmit it without paying a new Review Fee within 30 days.