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Are There Any Age or Citizenship Requirements For SAM Registration?

Age and Citizenship Requirements for SAM Registration

The System for Award Management (SAM) registration process primarily focuses on verifying the legitimacy and eligibility of entities seeking to engage in government contracting. As such, age and citizenship requirements are not typically factors that play a significant role in SAM registration. Instead, the focus is on ensuring that businesses and organizations meet specific criteria related to their legal status, qualifications, and ability to perform government contracts.

Here’s what you need to know:

Legal Entity Requirement:

SAM registration is open to businesses, organizations, and entities that are legally established and recognized. This means that you need to have a valid legal entity, such as a corporation, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), sole proprietorship, or another legally recognized business structure.

No Age Limitation:

Unlike individual-oriented registrations, such as driver’s licenses or social security benefits, SAM registration does not have an age requirement. Since SAM focuses on businesses and entities rather than individuals, age is not a determining factor.

Citizenship Requirement:

Similarly, citizenship is not a primary consideration for SAM registration. SAM is designed to include a wide range of businesses, both domestic and international, that are eligible to participate in government contracting. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for SAM registration. However, businesses may need to provide certain identifying information, such as a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN), which can be obtained regardless of citizenship.

International Entities:

International entities that meet the eligibility criteria for government contracting in the United States are also able to register on SAM. However, certain requirements and documentation may vary for international entities, and they may need to provide additional information to demonstrate their eligibility.


In summary, age and citizenship are not primary factors in SAM registration. Instead, the focus is on the legal status and qualifications of the entity seeking to participate in government contracting. Whether you are a U.S. citizen or an international entity, if you meet the criteria for legitimate business operations and government contracting, you can proceed with SAM registration.

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