The SEC manages the EDGARLink Online filing platform, so this content is subject to change.
In the rare instance that the Workiva platform is experiencing issues and filing is unavailable within our system, please follow these steps outlined to submit your filing directly to EDGAR.
For questions on this process, you can consult our additional resources or contact methods provided below. Click here to download this article as PDF.
Backup your documents to be filed
To file directly to EDGAR, you will need compliant versions of your filing documents, including all .HTM files, XBRL® files, and graphics that were a part of your filing package. We recommend backing up your filing documents a few days before you plan to live file. To access these files, follow the steps outlined here: Download filing documents.
These will be the files you will supply to EDGAR. When you are ready to submit these to EDGAR, simply unzip the files on your machine to access your files.
Step 1: Log in to EDGARLink online
- Go to edgarfiling.sec.gov and log in using your CIK and password.
Note: Any browser can be used, but if you want to preview EDGAR before filing you will need to use FireFox.
- Click on EDGARlink Online Form Submission.
- Select the form type to be filed. This will open a new window with the same fields found in the Wdesk filing wizard, although prepared in a different view.
Step 2: Populate filing details
Fill in the required CIK, CCC, Submission Type, and Period fields, as well as any optional fields you want.
Note: Make sure to designate if you want this filing to be live or a test. A test filing is recommended to catch any errors or discrepancies.
(Required fields are marked with an asterisk)
Step 3: Add documents to be filed
To add the filing documents:
- Select the Restore button to upload the .EIS file from your computer into EDGARonline. Restoring the files this way will auto-populate the fields in the filing page.
- Verify all information is correct and complete in the Main, Documents, and Notifications tabs as some information may not come in, or may come in incorrectly.
Step 4: Reorder documents
In the Documents tab, reorder the documents to appear in the order that you want them to show on the SEC website by using the Move Doc Up and Move Doc Down buttons.
Step 5: View documents
Use the View Document button to preview one or more documents in EDGAR.
Note: Viewing documents only works when using a Firefox browser.
Step 6: Document validation
Check the boxes next to all the files and then click the Doc Validation button. This will perform the same validation check that the Wdesk filing wizard normally performs.
- If errors are found for a particular document a red number will appear to the right of the document indicating how many errors were found. Click on the number to open a dialog box that shows what the error is.
- You will need to fix any errors before moving on with the test or live filing.
Note: Images do not get validated and a red message will pop up at the bottom of the screen warning you of this. This is normal, and the Workiva filing experience does not validate images either. This warning can be ignored.
Step 7: List people to notify
In the Notifications tab, you can choose if you want to notify people about this filing. If listed, they will receive an email notifying them if the filing was accepted or suspended.
Step 8: Module/Segment tab
Note: This tab is used by registered investment companies (funds) only. If this does not pertain to you, navigate to Step 9.
A module or segment is information that is stored on the non-public data storage area of EDGAR. Information about creating module and segment documents is covered in Section 5.3 of the EDGAR Filing Manual: Preparing or Referencing Module and Segment Documents. EDGAR treats the module/segment as your private information, and stores it on the database according to your CIK.
Registered investment companies whose last effective registration statement or amendment must provide electronically, and keep current, information concerning their existing and new series and/or classes, including series and/or class (contract) name and ticker symbol, if any, and be issued series and/or class (or contract) identification numbers.
Step 9: Saving your filing
If you're ready to test or live file, skip to Step 10.
If you would like to save your current filing details that have been filled into EDGAR select the Save button. This will save an .EIS file to your machine that you can use for the live filing or for future reference.
Note: Save/Restore will wipe out some information, such as items and descriptions so be sure to fill them in again when live filing.
Step 10: Submit live or test file
Based on whether you have Test or Live file selected (refer to Step 2), submit the filing by clicking the Submit button to transmit the submission to EDGAR for processing.
EDGAR will automatically validate your submission information. If there are errors, EDGAR will provide the list of error messages for this validation. These error messages will be shown in red and display a red "x” icon next to the field names to indicate which fields contain invalid information. You must correct the errors on each page.
You will receive an email noting if the filing is accepted or suspended.
Step 11: Save your accession number
After successfully filing, an acknowledgment window will appear. It is advised to screenshot or copy/paste the screen as a reference and for audit purposes. Click Exit to navigate back to the EDGAR home page.
Step 12: Viewing posted filing
To view your posted filing:
- Navigate to the Latest EDGAR Filings website to see the filing listed a minute or two after you successfully live file. There is also an option to review filing status on the main menu of the EDGAR filing page using the “Retrieve/Edit Data” link.
- Enter your CIK and CCC to log in and click on Retrieve Submission Information.
- Enter the Accession Number and select the Transmission Mode (Test or Live), as well as a Receipt Date Range.
- View your filing.
Toolbar button index
The [SAVE] button saves the current submission to your local drive. This will enable you to save a partially completed submission on your computer. If you click this button, your submission fields and attached documents are saved into one file.
EDGARLink Online will add an .eis extension to the file name. You can retrieve this file using the [RESTORE] button.
The [PRINT] button prints all the submission tabs, with and without information entered. The visible text contained in the fields will print. Submission documents will not be printed.
The [SUBMIT] button transmits your submission to EDGAR for processing. When you click the [SUBMIT] button, EDGAR will automatically validate your submission information. If there are errors, EDGAR will provide the list of error messages for this validation. These error messages will be shown in red and display a “red x” icon next to the field names to indicate which fields contain invalid information. You must correct the errors on each page.
The [RESTORE] button allows you to retrieve a previously saved submission. When you click the [RESTORE] button it opens the Restore File window that lets you locate your previously saved submission.
The [HELP] button opens a window displaying the EDGAR Filer Manual (Volumes I and II)
The [EXIT] button exits the current submission and opens the EDGARLink Online Submission Type Selection page. Any data entered will be discarded.
The hours of operation for submitting filings to the EDGAR system are 6:00am to 10:00 pm ET weekdays (excluding SEC holidays). If a filing is submitted after 5:30 pm ET, it will not be deemed filed with the SEC until the following business day (except for filings made pursuant to Rule 462(b) and Section 16 filings, which will receive the date of the actual filing if filed by 10:00 pm ET.
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