Before you apply for loan forgiveness

Step 1

Learn about the application process

Watch our overview video on the PPP forgiveness process. It’ll help you prepare for the application and give you an idea of what to expect.

Step 2

Gather your documents

There are specific documents you’ll need to have for submitting your application. See the types of documents you’ll need.

Step 3

Prepare for the forgiveness application you will complete

The SBA offers 3 different versions of the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. Learn which you will complete.

Step 4

Go to your dashboard

Start your application here. But first, you’ll need your SBA loan number to sign in. We’ll email it to you when you’re eligible to apply.

Sign In To PPP Forgiveness

Learn about the application process

Watch a short video about the forgiveness application process at Bank of the West

Gather your documents

To apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness, you’ll need to provide documents to substantiate how your loan proceeds were used by your business. Many payroll providers are creating custom reports for this purpose, so you may want to check in with yours to see what’s available. If you plan to start gathering documentation on your own, here’s what you’ll need.

This list applies to the majority of businesses, but your situation may be unique, especially if you are a self-employed. The Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Applications (SBA Form 3508 or 3508EZ) covers many special circumstances, provides information on selection of the Covered Period (or Alternative Payroll Covered Period) for payroll, and addresses how to treat FTE Reduction. The SBA also continues to provide updates on forgiveness documentation requirements at

Organize all the documents you gather and put them in a safe place; the SBA requires you to retain them for six years after your loan is fully forgiven and/or repaid, and to have them available for review in the future if requested.

Which SBA PPP loan forgiveness application fits your situation?

Currently, the SBA offers 3 different versions of the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. Each is designed to serve a different business situation and, for many smaller borrowers, may streamline the steps to forgiveness.

Below, you can find out which version your business may be eligible to complete.

If you're a Bank of the West PPP customer, our online application will guide you to which SBA PPP loan forgiveness application form you are eligible to complete.