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Autodesk FY21 Q4 Trade in Perpetual License Offer


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Now is a great time for customers to upgrade their perpetual license to receive the benefits of a subscription. In addition to more value and flexibility than perpetual licenses, customers can save up to 20%** when trading in qualifying perpetual licenses that are not on a maintenance plan for a single-user subscription to the latest Autodesk industry collections or to qualifying individual products— such as AutoCAD® including specialized toolsets, AutoCAD LT®, Civil 3D®, Revit®, Inventor®, 3ds Max® and more.

General information

1. What is the Autodesk FY21 Q4 Trade in Perpetual License Offer?

For industry collections or qualifying individual products, customers can save up to 20%** on the Autodesk Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for eligible 3-year term subscriptions with single-user access, or up to 15% on the SRP for eligible 1-year term subscriptions with single-user access.

A valid, eligible serial number and corresponding perpetual license must be submitted for this offer. Eligible serial numbers and associated seats must be perpetual licenses release year 1998-2021 not on active maintenance plan.

2. Do customers have to purchase the same products as the perpetual license submitted?

No, customers do not need to purchase the same product that was traded in.

See Table 1 of the Appendix to see eligible products for this offer. See Table 2 of the Appendix to see eligible products to submit for this offer. In addition:

Autodesk LT Family product licenses are eligible to be submitted for Autodesk LT Family product licenses only.

Serial numbers must be submitted at: or through the Serial Number submission light box on the applicable page.

Refer to the “Appendix” for a complete list of qualifying “coming from” and “going to” products in connection with this offer.

3. How does the order process work?

  1. Submission of the perpetual license serial number must occur prior to the subscription purchase. The end customer, or the Autodesk Partner or Sales representative on behalf of the customer, completes the submission by going to
  2. At this site, information for the required fields, including but not limited to customer name, submission serial number, and email address, must be provided.
  3. After the submission, the perpetual license serial number and all corresponding seats will subsequently be flagged in the Autodesk trade-in site and system as no longer valid or eligible to be submitted for other offers.
  4. If a customer decides not to make a subscription purchase or cancels the purchase within the right of return period in the applicable Terms of Use, the submission may be retracted by emailing
  5. Autodesk will monitor all serial number submissions and orders placed. In the event of a discrepancy between a submission and order, the submitter will be contacted for assistance in resolution.
  6. Subject to item 7, the customer agrees that Autodesk will suspend the license corresponding with the submitted serial number(s) and the customer agrees to no longer use such licenses.
  7. If the customer returns the subscription within the right of return period in the applicable Terms of Use, the customer will be eligible to switch back to the perpetual license. The return shall be in full and final settlement of all claims.

4. What is the promotional period?

This offer is available from November 7, 2020 until January 22, 2021 (dates inclusive).

5. What countries are eligible to participate?

This offer is available in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Eligible countries are subject to change at any time without notice, for any reason in Autodesk’s sole discretion.

6. What term lengths can customers purchase under the Trade in Perpetual License Offer?

Customers are eligible to submit their perpetual licenses and receive a discount on either a 1- OR a 3-year term subscription.

7. Does the deployment of the Trade in need to match the new Subscription?

No. The deployment of the submitted license does not need to be the same as the deployment of the subscription purchased. The submitted license may be a network/multi-user or standalone/single user.

8. Is the discount available for subscription renewals?

No. The offer is for new subscriptions with a perpetual license (not on maintenance) that is submitted as outlined in this FAQ.

9. Can this offer be combined with any other offers?

No. The offer may not be combined with any other offer, discounts, promotions, or other incentives offered by Autodesk unless specified.

10. Can a customer apply an Extra Territory Rights (ETR) uplift to a subscription they purchased with this offer?

No. Subscriptions purchased through this offer cannot have ETR attached.

11. Will Autodesk offer the full discount % if the customer is adding to an existing subscription?

Yes, this promotion offers the full discount percentage*** when the customer is co-terming to match an existing subscription, provided the term length is the same (1- or 3-year term to an existing 1-year or 3-year term).

12. Are customers required to submit their existing perpetual serial number(s)?

Yes. To receive the discount under this offer, customers or partners must submit the eligible perpetual license serial number(s) and no longer use any seats associated to that serial number(s). Once the submission and purchase is completed the serial number(s) cannot be traded in or used to achieve a promotion discount a second time.

13. Can customers continue to use the perpetual license after they purchase the discounted 1- or 3-year subscription?

No. As part of the terms and conditions of this offer, the customer agrees to submit the eligible perpetual license and within 120 days no longer use any seats associated with that serial number(s). Note that customers who cancel or return their purchase should email as noted in question 3.4 above.

14. How do customers know if a perpetual license serial number is valid?

A license as identified by the serial number is valid if it is a 1998 –2021 eligible perpetual product license not on maintenance and has not been submitted for a previous promotion or offer. Additionally, it could not have been used for a perpetual license upgrade or part of a maintenance plan and fulfilled to a newer perpetual license. Licenses must be commercial versions with asset status ‘Registered’. The submission site should be used as a primary source to validate serial numbers.

Note: Customers may request a License Report, which is delivered by Autodesk directly to the customer, and will show a customer’s assets, including those that are eligible for this offer.

15. How many discounted subscriptions may be purchased per serial number?

Customers are eligible to purchase one new 1- or 3- year subscription for each seat associated with the eligible serial number(s) submitted up to a maximum of 50 seats.

16. Is there a limit as to how many seats can be submitted per customer?

Yes. Customers are eligible to submit a maximum of 50 seats under the terms and conditions of this offer. For example: customers may submit 50 serial numbers, with one seat each OR 1 serial number with 50 seats OR any other variation not to exceed a maximum of 50 seats.

17. What if customers have multi-packs or multiple seats for one serial number?

If a customer wants to purchase fewer subscriptions than licenses associated with the serial number (For example a customer has an AutoCAD LT® 2015 5-pack and they want to submit 3 licenses and keep 2 perpetual licenses), the customer should contact an Autodesk Reseller or Autodesk Client Services to split the license into two serial numbers with the appropriate quantities.

18. How does the Q4 Trade in Perpetual License Offer differ from the Maintenance Trade in offer?

The Q4 Trade In Perpetual License Offer is a limited-time opportunity for customers who have perpetual licenses without active4maintenance plans to trade in and save up to 20%** on qualifying 3-year subscriptions and 15%** on 1-year subscriptions of eligible Autodesk products.

The Maintenance Trade in offer is an opportunity for customers whose maintenance plans are up for renewal to switch to subscription and secure special pricing going forward. More information on the Maintenance Trade in offer is available at

19. Is the offer available on the Autodesk Store?

Yes, at select Autodesk stores. Please refer to to confirm specific details for your location.


Table 1: The following list includes the eligible “going to” subscription products. Customers may submit for a 3-year and receive 20%** off SRP OR a 1-year subscription and receive 15% off the SRP. Notes: 1) All products may not be available in all regions. Please check with your local reseller or Autodesk store for availability. 2) The SRP of a subscription with a 3-year term reflects a 10% savings compared to the annual price.

Subscription Products Eligible up to 20% savings off SRP
Industry Collections AEC Collection
Product Design and Manufacturing Collection
M&E Collection
General Design AutoCAD® including specialized toolsets
AEC Advance Steel
Civil 3D®
Fabrication CADmep/CAMduct/ESTmep
Infraworks 360
Navisworks® Manage/Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate
Point Layout
3ds Max®
Maya® LT
MFG Alias Concept
CFD Premium, Ultimate
Fusion 360
Fusion360 - with FeatureCAM
Fusion360 - with PowerInspect
Fusion360 - with PowerMill Standard
Fusion360 - with PowerMill Ultimate
Fusion360 - with PowerShape
Inventor® Professional
Moldflow Advisor Premium, Ultimate
Moldflow Insight Standard, Premium, Ultimate
Moldflow Synergy
Vault Office
Vault Professional
VRED Render Node / Design / Presenter / Professional
LT Family AutoCAD® LT (incl. Mac)
Revit LT™
AutoCAD Revit LT™ Suite

Table 2: The following list includes the “coming from” qualifying perpetual licenses. Note: Not all legacy titles are listed. Please confirm with the trade-in site for eligibility.

“Coming From” qualifying 1998-2021 perpetual licenses not on an active maintenance plan
General Design AutoCAD® / AutoCAD® for Mac
AutoCAD® Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate)
AEC Advance Steel Premium/ Advance Steel AutoCAD® Bundle/Advance Concrete
AutoCAD® Architecture / Architectural Desktop / Land Desktop
AutoCAD® LT Civil Suite
AutoCAD® Map3D
AutoCAD® Plant 3D
Building Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate)
CAiCE Visual Construction/Roads/Survey/Survey and Roads
Civil 3D®
Fabrication Products
Infrastructure Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate)
InfraWorks™/ Infrastructure Modeler
Navisworks® Manage
Plant Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate)
Revit® Architecture/Revit® MEP/Revit® Structure
Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional
3ds Max®
3ds Max® Design
3ds Max® Entertainment Creation Suite Standard
Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate
Maya® Entertainment Creation Suite Standard
Maya® LT
Maya® Unlimited/Complete
MFG Alias Design
AutoCAD® Electrical
AutoCAD® Mechanical
CFD Design Study Environment
CFD (Basic, Advanced, Motion)
Factory Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate)
HSMWorks Premium/Professional
Inventor® HSM, Inventor HSM Professional / Inventor Series / Inventor Simulation Suite
Inventor®/ Inventor® Engineer-to-Order/ Inventor® Professional/ Inventor® Publisher
Moldflow Adviser (Standard, Premium, Ultimate)
Moldflow Design
Moldflow Insight (Standard, Premium, Ultimate)
Moldflow Synergy
Nastran In-CAD
Product Design Suite (Standard, Premium, or Ultimate)
Simulation Mechanical
Vault Office
Vault Professional
Vault Workgroup
LT Family AutoCAD® LT / AutoCAD® LT for Mac
Inventor LT™
AutoCAD Inventor LT™ Suite
Revit LT™
AutoCAD Revit LT™ Suite
Delcam ArtCAM® Standard, Premium, Ultimate
FeatureCAM® Standard, Premium, Ultimate
PowerInspect® Standard, Premium, Ultimate
PowerMill® Standard, Premium, Ultimate
PowerShape® Standard, Premium, Ultimate