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October 5, 2008    DOL Home > ESA > OLMS Forms > Form LM-3 Adobe Reader Version   

Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

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The Office of Labor-Management Standards ensures union democracy, transparency, and financial integrity.

Form LM-3 Download Page (Adobe Reader Version)

To download a copy of the Adobe Reader version of the LM-3 software from this page, please go through the following steps in order.

Please DO NOT download Adobe Reader version 9 to complete form LM-3.

Step One — Download Adobe Reader version 7 or version 8 only.

Step Two — Download the Electronic Forms Plug-in (for Adobe Reader version 7 only).

Step Three — Download the LM-3 PDF form.

Labor organizations may choose to complete this form manually by typing financial data directly into the form. The software will also permit unions that keep records electronically to import financial data from their accounting programs into the electronic form. For electronic importation, the Department has provided technical specifications to assist unions in converting their financial data into a format supported by the software.

  • The User Guide to Form LM-3 guides users through the process of preparing and completing the form, providing instructions and navigation tips to help users download the form, enter information directly onto the form, import data files extracted from the union's accounting system into the form, and add digital signatures.
  • The Form LM-3 Instructions provide specific item-by-item instructions for completing this form.
  • Electronic Form LM-3 Powerpoint Presentation (PowerPoint Show format – 2.47 MB)
  • Formulario Electrónico LM-3 (PowerPoint Show format – 1.57 MB)
  • Facsimile of Form LM-3 (PDF)

If you have difficulty navigating the software, or have questions about its functions and features, please call the Department's National Call Center for toll free assistance at: 1-866-487-2365. Or you can call the OLMS Help Desk directly at (toll free) 1-866-401-1109. You may also send such questions by email to

Hardware and Software Requirements for Use

Step 1: To download a free copy of Adobe Reader version 7 or version 8

First, select the appropriate operating system and version you are using on your computer and click continue.

Then check Adobe Reader version 7 or version 8 and click download.

Step 2: After you have downloaded and installed Adobe Reader version 7, you may download and install the Electronic Forms Plug-in. The plug-in enables the data import features in the form. To install the plug-in, click on the link below. Click open and follow the instructions. Users must use Adobe Reader version 7 only to utilize the Electronic Forms Plug-in.

Download the Electronic Forms Plug-in

Step 3: Download the Form LM-3 PDF form to your computer and follow the instructions.

Filers will need the following minimum PC hardware requirements:

  • Intel Pentium III series processor (or equivalent)
  • 64MB RAM
  • 60MB of available hard-disk space

The following operating systems will support the Form LM-3 software:

  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Windows Millennium Edition
  • Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6
  • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Home

Note: For optimum performance, OLMS recommends using an Intel Pentium IV (or equivalent) processor running at a minimum speed of 2.4 GHZ with 1 GB of memory.

You will need one of the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - version 5.5 or higher
  • Netscape Navigator - version 4.7 or higher
  • Mozilla - version 1.3 or higher

In addition, to complete Form LM-3, you will need Adobe Reader version 7 or version 8 only.

After you have completed the form you have two options for submitting the report:

You can print it and have the officers sign it manually and mail it to OLMS at:

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment Standards Administration
Office of Labor-Management Standards
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-1519
Washington, DC 20210

- You can electronically sign and submit the form. In order to complete this option you must have purchased an electronic digital signature. This digital signature enables you to electronically sign your report so that you can submit it to OLMS. More information about digital signatures is available on the OLMS Digital Signature Page.

You can purchase an ACES (Access Certificates for Electronic Services) digital certificate through IdenTrust at: The charge for a digital signature certificate is $70 for an individual certificate or $119 for a business certificate. Individuals required to sign Form LM-3 may use either type of certificate. If you have any questions or problems with the purchasing procedure, you can contact IdenTrust's Help Desk directly at 1-888-339-8904.

If you currently have an AT&T ACES digital signature (government), you may use that signature to sign this form.

Once you have applied digital signatures to your completed report, electronically submit it to OLMS through the Upload Form page. When you click the “Submit” button on the form, you are taken to the Upload Form page. Follow the instructions on that page to complete the electronic submission process and receive a receipt of your submission.

Last Updated: 09/12/08


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