Skip to content

Mike’s Challenge: Overcoming the Hurdles of Updating Your SAM Registration – A Comprehensive Guide

Difficulty Updating Registration

Problem: The owner of a commercial contracting business, Mike, needed to update his business’s SAM registration after moving to a new location. However, he found the process to be confusing and time-consuming.

Solution: Mike reached out to the Federal Processing Registry to help him navigate the sometimes confusing maze of the SAM Registration process. The team assisted in preparing all the necessary documents and completing the update process.



The System for Award Management (SAM) is a pivotal platform for businesses and contractors seeking to engage in federal contracting and grant opportunities. However, updating your SAM registration can be a complex and time-consuming process, especially if you are not familiar with the system. In this post, we will delve into a case study of Mike, a frustrated commercial construction company owner who faced challenges while updating his SAM registration, and provide a step-by-step guide to streamline the update process.


Case Study: Mike’s Challenge

Mike, who owns a construction business, recently moved his business to a new location. He knew that he needed to update his SAM registration to reflect the change in address. However, when he attempted to navigate the SAM website, he found the process to be confusing and time-consuming. Frustrated, Mike was unsure how to proceed and worried that the delay in updating his registration would affect his eligibility for federal contracts. Especially since there were substantial payments being held up due to this issue.

So he contacted us to assist him in navigating and completing the update. Our experts dug in, asked questions, and were able to get the job done in a few short days.

Step-by-Step Guide to What We Did and How You Can Update Your SAM Registration:

  1. Gather Necessary Documents and Information: Before starting the update process, ensure you have all the necessary documents and information on hand. This includes your business’s Tax Identification Number (TIN), EIN number, NAICS codes, and banking information for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
  2. Log In to Your Account: To access your SAM registration, you need to log in to your account. If you don’t have an account, you will need to create one by visiting the website and following the prompts.
  3. Access Your SAM Registration: Once you are logged in, navigate to the SAM website and access your registration. You will need to enter your business’s DUNS number and TIN to retrieve your registration.
  4. Review Your Current Registration: Before making any updates, review your current registration to identify any other changes that need to be made. This will save you time in the long run, as you won’t have to go back and make additional updates later.
  5. Update Your Core Data: The Core Data section contains the majority of your business’s information. Update any fields that have changed, including your business’s address, phone number, and email address. Ensure that all the information is accurate and complete.
  6. Update Your NAICS Codes: If your business has expanded or changed its services, you may need to update your NAICS codes. These codes classify businesses based on their industry. You can search for the appropriate codes on the SAM website.
  7. Review and Update the Assertions Section: The Assertions section requires information about your business’s size, location, and capabilities. Review and update this section to reflect any changes in your business.
  8. Update the Representations and Certifications Section: This section requires you to certify that your business complies with various federal regulations. Review each certification and update any that have changed due to the changes in your business.
  9. Update Banking Information for EFT: If your business’s banking information has changed, update this section to ensure that you receive payments for federal contracts promptly.
  10. Review and Submit Your Updated Registration: Before submitting your updated registration, review all the information to ensure it is accurate and complete. Once you are satisfied, submit your updated registration.
  11. Wait for Approval: After submitting your updated registration, you will receive a confirmation email. SAM will then review your updated registration, which can take up to two weeks. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation email, and your updated registration will be active.


Updating your SAM registration can be a daunting task, but by following these detailed steps, you can streamline the process and ensure that your business remains eligible for federal contracts and grants. Remember, if you ever feel overwhelmed or unsure, don’t hesitate to seek assistance to help you successfully navigate the SAM update process.



Need Help?

Contact the FPR Help Desk through the following methods:

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

Ready to Renew Your SAM?

Take the First Step by Clicking Below:

Skip to content