What Is a Correction Notice?

A correction notice is a written statement indicating that a process or application contains errors or omissions that require corrections. They are typically issued by government agencies and may be circulated for a variety of reasons.

The government might disseminate a correction notice in order to clarify how organizations can participate in a government-sponsored program, ask applicants to update their applications because of missing or incomplete information, or address how organizations and individuals can comment on a proposed regulation.

A correction notice is also sometimes called a notice of correction.

Key Takeaways

  • A correction notice is a written statement typically issued by government agencies to indicate that a process or application contains errors that require correcting.
  • They may be circulated to clarify how to participate in a government-sponsored program, ask applicants to update their applications because of missing or incomplete information, or address how to comment on a proposed regulation.
  • For federal programs, correction notices are published in the Federal Register.

Understanding a Correction Notice

Correction notices are sometimes necessary when complex legislation is enacted and lawmakers and government agencies discover that changes are required during the implementation process, such as after the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act

Government agencies that sponsor insurance programs, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, provide guidelines to organizations that want to offer plans in federally facilitated health insurance marketplaces. These guidelines include operational and technical instructions to help organizations ensure that they are meeting all the necessary requirements, comply with certification standards, and have all the right information at hand to complete the application process properly.

Because the application process can be complicated, agencies may have to issue a correction notice if the instructions were too vague or contained incorrect information. The correction notice will supersede the original instructions it is meant to correct. 

For federal programs, correction notices are published in the Federal Register, which can be viewed by the public and provides notifications about federal programs and regulations. Correction notices also appear in the Federal Register when typographical or clerical errors were made in previously published Presidential, Rule, Proposed Rule, and Notice documents.

Example of a Correction Notice

Organizations that submit applications to participate in a government program go through a multi-step review process. After submission, the application is reviewed to ensure that it has been completed correctly.

If there is missing or unclear information, the reviewing agency will send out a correction notice. A correction notice issued to a business trying to obtain a license, for instance, may indicate that the business failed to get the application notarized or forgot to sign the application document.

The business will have the opportunity to fix the error and resubmit the application. In some states, such as New York, limited liability company (LLC) applicants are required to pay a statutory fee to file a Certificate of Correction. If the business makes further errors, it may have additional correction notices issued to it.

Other Types of Correction Notice

If you run an online search for "correction notice," you'll probably be presented with an array of different definitions. "Correction notice" can take on various meanings and generally be applied to any situation when an additional explanation or amendment, in relation to a previous document, is deemed necessary.

For example, the term might be deployed by media outlets to inform readers of an error in a previously published article. Alternatively, a notice of correction can refer to a short 200-word statement that prospective borrowers in the United Kingdom are permitted to attach to their credit file.

These statements are used to justify and explain any potentially alarming information that shows up, such as missed debt payments in the past. Lenders have a legal obligation to take these notes under consideration when reviewing applications.