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System Requirements for Accessing BSA E-Filing

  • A connection to the Internet of at least 56 kbps. The speed of your connection is a decision to be made by your organization and should accommodate the file sizes you plan to upload to BSA E-Filing.
  • At least one computer that has access to your Internet connection and that meets the following specifications:
    • Intel Pentium III or greater processor.
    • At least 1GB RAM.
    • 200 MB of free disk space.
    • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or 3, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later, Windows 8.
    • Web browser:
      • 128-bit encryption. The encryption level of Internet Explorer browsers may be checked by clicking Help > About Internet Explorer. Review "Cipher Strength" for bit encryption level.
      • Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, FireFox 19.0.2 or higher, Chrome 25 or higher
      • Click Here for Internet Explorer Setting Updates Needed.
      • Click Here for Firefox Setting Updates Needed.
      • Click Here for Chrome Setting Updates Needed.
      • You cannot access BSA E-Filing using the Apple platform (currently testing).
  • A firewall for your organization that permits access through port 443 for the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL protocol). SSLv3 is used to encrypt all data submitted to BSA E-Filing.
  • User IDs for all users who will directly access BSA E-Filing. The use of user IDs for BSA E-Filing ensures that individuals have the proper authority to access and use BSA E-Filing. User IDs are provided free of charge to BSA E-Filing users.

You will need to install the Adobe Reader (henceforth "Forms Reader") on your computer to use BSA E-Filing. Please review the details of how to obtain the Forms Reader in step 4, Download Forms Reader, under Become a BSA E-Filer. Please note that the Forms Reader may not install and/or operate properly within client-server and terminal services environments. If you experience difficulty deploying the Forms Reader in such an environment, contact the BSA E-Filing Help Desk for assistance. Contact your system administrator if you have questions regarding your computer configuration.

  • Click Here for Adobe Reader Updates Needed after Installation.



  • If you do not meet these system requirements, you may gain access but could experience some abnormal system behaviors (e.g., repeated prompts to enter your user ID and password).