Operating Status

Due to a lapse in appropriations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is currently closed. The SEC is currently operating in accordance with the agency's plan for operating during a shutdown. The SEC has staff available to respond to emergency situations involving market integrity and investor protection, including law enforcement. In addition, our plan calls for the continuing operation of certain Commission systems, including the online Tips, Complaints, and Referrals (TCR) system. During the federal government shutdown, the public may continue to submit tips, complaints, or referrals to the Commission through the online TCR system at https://www.sec.gov/tcr and submissions received via the online system will be reviewed for appropriate action. Tips, complaints, and referrals submitted via mail and fax to the Office of the Whistleblower will be reviewed when the Office reopens. Thank you.

Submit a Tip

To qualify for an award under the Whistleblower Program, you must submit information regarding possible securities law violations to the Commission in one of the following two ways:

(1) By submitting a tip electronically through the SEC’s Tips, Complaints and Referrals Portal by clicking the button below.

**The TCR complaint form is compatible for use with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) version 11, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome (please note that use of the Chrome browser may result in some visual format issues including the display of instructional pop up boxes). **

(2) By mailing or faxing a Form TCR to:

SEC Office of the Whistleblower
100 F Street NE
Mail Stop 5631
Washington, DC 20549
Fax: (703) 813-9322

If you are submitting additional information relating to a previously submitted tip, please reference your original TCR submission number.

If you are entering a whistleblower tip through the online portal and you wish to file jointly with another whistleblower, please note that the online system will only allow you to enter information for one whistleblower.  If you wish to file online as joint whistleblowers, you should create a separate TCR for each whistleblower, and note in each TCR the name of the joint whistleblower.  

You should maintain a copy of all documents and materials that you submit in connection with your whistleblower tip.  If you enter a whistleblower tip through the online portal, you have the option to print a confirmation receipt which provides the submission number and a copy of the tip.

Important Notes

If you submit your information online through the SEC's Tips, Complaints and Referrals Portal, and would like to (1) be eligible to apply for a whistleblower award and/or (2) receive additional confidentiality protections (even if you do not wish to be considered for an award), you must answer "yes" to the question "Are you filing this tip under the SEC’s whistleblower program?" on the "About You" page of the online questionnaire. You must also complete the whistleblower declaration at the end of the questionnaire.

The SEC treats all tips, complaints and referrals as confidential and nonpublic, and does not disclose such information to third parties, except in limited circumstances authorized by statute, rule, or other provisions of law. As a matter of practice, the whistleblower program provides additional confidentiality protections, consistent with the limitations on disclosure of information that could reasonably be expected to reveal the identity of a whistleblower set forth in Section 21F(h)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(2)] and Rule 21F-7 of the SEC's Whistleblower Rules [17 C.F.R. § 240.21F-7]. You should answer "yes" to the whistleblower program question if you wish to avail yourself of these additional confidentiality protections, even if you are not interested in being eligible for a whistleblower award.

Please note that if you choose to submit your information anonymously, i.e., without providing your identity or contact information, you must be represented by, and provide contact information for, an attorney in connection with your submission in order to be eligible for an award.

Contact Us


100 F Street NE
Mail Stop 5631
Washington, DC 20549
Phone: (202) 551-4790
Fax: (703) 813-9322