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Understand filing fees

Nov. 8, 2022

You may have to pay filing fees to the SEC when you register certain types of securities, as indicated in the relevant securities registration forms.  Please see the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II, Section 4.5, for more information about EDGAR forms that require a filing fee payment.

You pay filing fees through EDGAR.  Each filer who must pay filing fees has a filing fee account in EDGAR, and the filer is required to maintain its filing fee account.  See 17 C.F.R. 202.3a(d).  A filing fee account is also required for filers who will submit funds to the U.S. Treasury designated depository in anticipation of paying a filing fee.

Starting May 31, 2022, you will be able to make filing fee payments in EDGAR using credit and debit cards, and ACH (as well as the existing Fedwire payment method).  To use the new payment methods, you must access through EDGAR for payments to be processed.  Details about payment functionality can be found in the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II.

As of May 31, 2022, you will no longer be able to submit payments by check, and the filing fee lockbox that currently accepts check payments will be retired effective May 31, 2022.  Check payments received on or after this date will be returned to filers without further processing, and filers will have to submit payments using an alternate payment method prior to submitting a filing that requires a fee payment.

Filing fee rates

Filing fee payments

Note that your filing acceptance may be delayed if:

  • Funds are not in your account when you file and the filing requires a fee
  • Funds are not sufficient due to a calculation error on your part
  • Your wire transfer does not contain the required information in the correct format


  • Amending a filing
  • Requesting a refund  (Note that once a statement is filed, there will be no refund.  A registrant can request a refund, however, if a filing has been overpaid.)
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