The acronym stands for the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The primary purpose of this system is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the agency. A complete description can be found at www.sec.gov.
Before you can electronically file with the SEC on EDGAR, you must become an EDGAR filer. To become an EDGAR filer you must complete and return the Form ID. The Form ID is an electronic application used by new filing entities to apply for access codes to file on EDGAR, namely the CIK, Password, CCC, and PMAC. The paper form is to be used as a reference when applying for access codes to file on EDGAR or to satisfy the SEC’s authentication requirement.