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How Long Does it Take for SAM Registration to Be Active?


The time it takes for your SAM (System for Award Management) registration to become active can vary based on several factors, including the completeness of your registration, the accuracy of the information you’ve provided, and the processing times at SAM. However, here’s a general overview of what to expect:

  1. Submission Confirmation: After you submit your SAM registration, you will receive a confirmation of submission. This typically happens shortly after you’ve completed the submission process.
  2. Initial Processing: SAM begins processing your registration after you submit it. This processing involves verifying the information you’ve provided and conducting checks against various databases, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) validation.
  3. Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) Assignment: As of April 2022, SAM assigns a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) during the registration process. This UEI is used in place of the former Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) number. SAM generates and assigns the UEI as part of your registration.
  4. Additional Checks: Depending on the complexity of your registration and any discrepancies or issues that may arise, SAM may conduct additional checks or request further documentation to validate your registration.
  5. Activation: Once SAM has completed its processing and validation steps, your SAM registration will become active. At this point, your entity will be eligible to participate in federal contracts, grants, and assistance programs.

The time it takes for your registration to become active can vary widely. For some entities with straightforward registrations and no complications, activation may occur relatively quickly, often within a few weeks. However, for more complex registrations or when there are issues to resolve, the process can take longer, possibly several weeks or even months.

To expedite the activation of your SAM registration, it’s crucial to provide accurate and complete information during the registration process. Additionally, promptly respond to any requests for additional documentation or clarification from SAM to prevent delays.

Remember that SAM registrations must be renewed annually to remain active. Failing to renew your registration on time can result in inactivity, so it’s essential to stay proactive and ensure that your registration stays current if you plan to do business with the U.S. federal government.


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  • Phone: 1-866-717-5267 (toll-free)
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