What is EDGAR?
EDGAR stands for Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval. The SEC allows EDGAR filings in the following formats: HTML, ASCII, XML (including XBRL). Additional document types that are sent to the SEC include graphics (gif and jpeg) and PDFs (unofficial filings). Click here for a complete EDGAR overview, as presented by the SEC.
Acquiring EDGAR Access Codes
I need all new codes
Each person or entity that will file electronically with the SEC needs to apply for codes. This is done online via the SEC’s Filer Management website. This process is started by filling out the Electronic Form ID. As found in the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume I, Chapter 4
- Step 1: Applying for all new EDGAR Access Codes via the Form ID Process
- Step 2: Generating EDGAR Access Codes
I need to update some access codes
To update your existing codes, use the SEC’s Filer Management website and follow the respective directions referenced below for what you would like to do.
Generating Replacement Access Codes:
- I have my passphrase – Generating Replacement Access Codes
- I don’t have my passphrase but I have a valid CCC – Electronic Passphrase Update Process
- I don’t have my passphrase or a valid CCC – Manual Passphrase Update Process
I need to change some access codes
To change your existing password before it expires or to change your CCC to a code that you have chosen, login to EDGAR and follow the respective directions below. Note: you must have access to your Password Modification Authorization Code (“PMAC”):
I only have my CIK
If you do not have access to any of your private access codes (password, passphrase or PMAC). You will need to update your passphrase, then generate replacement access codes.
Defining EDGAR Access Codes
The Passphrase is the first code you create and it is used to generate all new access codes. It is confidential. The Passphrase must be eight characters. It is case sensitive and must contain at least one number and one special character (@, #, $, or *). Sample Passphrase: vx6$y!4v
Your Passphrase never expires, but can be changed if you are concerned about security. You will need to use your passphrase to reset your password every 12 months. You can also use it to reset your CCC, PMAC, and Password in the event your security is compromised.
- CIK – Central Index Key, is equivalent to an account number, it identifies the EDGAR Filer. Using the correct CIK is critical for a filing to be associated with the correct EDGAR Filer. Be sure to verify the CIK on your Toppan Merrill proof sent to you by Customer Service or before submitting your filing on our self-service systems. The CIK always begins with leading zeros and must be ten numeric digits. Sample CIK: 0003456789.
- The CIK is available to the public and cannot be changed. However, when two companies merge or a company changes their name, the CIK of the surviving/new entity can be associated with the new name by updating the company profile in the EDGAR database
- CCC – CIK Confirmation Code. It is equivalent to a Personal Identification Number (“PIN”), and is confidential. The CCC must be eight characters. It is case sensitive and must contain at least one number and one special character (@, #, $, or *). Sample CCC: ysmajr4$
- The CCC never expires. The CCC allows a filing to be made on your behalf by a filing agent such as Toppan Merrill. Toppan Merrill must have your CIK and a current CCC to send a filing to the SEC. Although the CCC never expires, you may want to change it if you ever change filing agents, to prevent accidental filings by a previous filing agent. It can be reset or replaced as described in the Passphrase section above. Make sure to always provide Toppan Merrill with the most current CCC to avoid an interruption in filing ability.
- Password – Used with the CIK to log in to the EDGAR filer website where your company/entity’s contact and filing information is stored. It is confidential. The Password must be twelve characters. It is case sensitive and must contain at least one number and one special character (@, #, $, or *). Sample Password: ut@kpv7eabhi
- The Password expires 12 months from when it was generated. You will need the CIK and current password to login to the EDGAR filer website and the PMAC to actually reset the password.
- PMAC – Password Modification Access Code, is used to change the Password. It is confidential. The PMAC must be eight characters. It is case sensitive and must contain at least one number and one special character (@, #, $, or *). Sample PMAC: ad2!zq!*
- The PMAC never expires, but can be changed if you are concerned about security. You will need the passphrase to change the PMAC.
- The CIK is ten digits and it is public information
- The CCC, Passphrase and PMAC codes are eight characters and must include at least one number, one letter and one special character (@, #, $, or *), For example: xxx#4xxx
- The Password code is twelve characters and must include at least one number, one letter and one special character (@, #, $, or *), For example: xxxxx*5xxxxx
- All codes are case sensitive
- All codes, except the CIK, are confidential and are to be maintained by you
- The only codes that Toppan Merrill needs to complete filings on your behalf are the CIK and CCC, which we keep in our records
- You need to keep a record of all of your codes for future reference
- EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume I, Chapter 4: Generating EDGAR Access Codes
- Company Data Changes on the SEC Database
- SEC Contact Information
- SEC Electronic Form ID Frequently Asked Questions
- SEC Reference Guide to Saving the Authentication Document as a PDF File in Adobe Acrobat
- SEC Reference Guide to EDGAR Access Codes