Section 16 Filings – Who must file?

Section 16 Filings must be completed by a company’s officers and directors, and any beneficial owners of more than 10% percent of a class of the company’s equity securities registered under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Form 3 must be filed by the insider that is registering securities for the first time. The insider must file the Form 3 within ten days of becoming an officer, director, or beneficial owner. Form 3 Instructions download.

Form 4 must be filed by an insider when changes in ownership occurs and should be reported to the SEC within two business days. Form 4 Instructions download.

Form 5 insiders must report any transactions that should have been reported earlier on a Form 4.  Form 5 is due 45 days after the end of the company’s fiscal year. Form 5 Instructions download.

Each individual or entity that is required to file must have their Access Codes. To apply follow instructions below:

  • A filer will complete an online Form ID application or call us so that we can expedite the process
  • Within 1-2 business days the SEC will email your filing codes.
  • Section 16 filings are accepted from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST Monday – Friday (except for federal holidays).


Select the links to download and complete Section 16 forms in Word format:  Form 3, Form 4, Form 5

Section 16 Reporting FAQ.

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