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EFAST2 (ERISA FIling Acceptance System 2)

What is EFAST2?

In the past, employee benefit plans could submit Form 5500 series filings on paper or electronically using the ERISA Filing Acceptance System (EFAST).  The DOL’s regulation at 29 CFR 2520.104a-2 requires electronic filing for all filers for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2009.  No paper filings of any kind (e.g., mail, fax) will be accepted beginning January 1, 2010, except for timely filed 2008 plan year filings.

To comply with these regulations and to update and streamline the ERISA filing process, the
DOL has created a new, web-based electronic filing system known as EFAST2.  This site is located at

Frequently Asked Questions – The Department of Labor (DOL) has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions on its website. Topics include:

  • Filing Preparation Software
  • Registering For EFAST2 Credentials
  • Attachments
  • Signing A Return/Report and more
EFAST2 Frequently Asked Questions