Option A & B

Unless you have a compelling reason to change the recommended file name, we suggest that you accept the default choice.


File Name Pattern

The name given to a new report file by  Option A or B, and the one recommended for third-party or manually-created text files, follows the pattern of: form prefix + ID number + sequence number + extension.

The form prefix is the first letter of the file name, which is associated with one of the four form types:

The next 5 to 8 characters of the file name is a DEC-issued ID number.  The ID number used is based on the form type of the file:

The next two digits are an (optional) unique sequence number between 00 and 99.

The last part is the extension of ".txt" ( Option A or C) or ".xls" ( Option B), which identifies the file as text or an Excel file.


If you are using  Option A and save a Form 26 file in a folder already containing another Form 26 file and both files have a Certification ID number of C1234567, the file would be named PC123456701.txt.


If you decide to use a different name, the first letter of the file name must still match the form type and use the correct extension for the software option as shown above; the initial letter is used by the Pesticide Reporting Service Bureau to identify the type of form that was submitted and the extension identifies the file type.