If you forget to get a password or put it off until the last minute, it may not be possible to get one on a filing deadline day.
If you forget your password, we can't look it up for you. It is encrypted. You have to request another one.
Any problem, be it technical or a matter of non-familiarity with the software, can be difficult to deal with during the rush of a deadline. Always file as early as possible, especially the first time you file electronically.
After you upload your report electronically a receipt will be sent to you via email or fax. If you do not get the receipt, you must assume that you have not successfully filed. Call the Electronic Filing Office at 202-694-1642 if more than a few minutes pass with no receipt.
The receipt is proof of filing. Print it out, keep it.
Don't wait until the last minute to validate your filing. Validation will find problems that you might not have noticed. If you validate on a regular basis, you will run much less risk of finding a long list of problems to resolve before uploading is possible.
Revised March 23, 2012