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What happens if my organization’s registration with SAM expires?

The System for Award Management (SAM) is a vital tool used by the U.S. federal government to streamline the procurement process and ensure transparency and efficiency in awarding contracts. It serves as a central repository for various organizations, including businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies, to register their information. However, as with any registration system, there may be instances where an organization’s registration with SAM expires. In this blog post, we will explore the consequences of such an occurrence and what steps you should take to ensure uninterrupted access to federal contract opportunities.

Understanding the SAM Registration Expiration

SAM registrations typically have an expiration period of one year from the date of approval. During this time, your organization’s details, such as contact information, certifications, and capabilities, are accessible to government agencies and prime contractors seeking potential partners for procurement projects. However, failure to renew your registration before its expiration date can have significant implications for your organization’s ability to conduct business with the federal government.

Consequences of an Expired SAM Registration

  1. Ineligibility for Federal Contracts: One of the most immediate and significant consequences of an expired SAM registration is that your organization becomes ineligible for consideration in new federal contract opportunities. As federal agencies and prime contractors rely heavily on SAM for identifying potential vendors, an expired registration will likely result in your organization’s exclusion from the competitive procurement process.
  2. Disruption of Existing Contracts: If your organization has existing contracts with the federal government, an expired SAM registration can lead to disruptions in those projects. It might impact contract modifications, payments, or other administrative processes, potentially leading to strained relationships with the contracting agency.
  3. Limited Access to Grants and Assistance Programs: Apart from federal contracts, SAM registration is necessary to apply for federal grants and other assistance programs. An expired registration could deny your organization access to these funding opportunities, hindering potential growth and development.
  4. Delays in Business Operations: Renewing an expired SAM registration is not a straightforward process, and it might take several weeks to complete. During this time, your organization may experience delays in pursuing federal opportunities, which could negatively affect cash flow and business expansion plans.

Steps to Renew Your SAM Registration

To avoid the negative consequences of an expired SAM registration, it is crucial to stay proactive and attentive to renewal deadlines. Follow these steps to renew your registration:

  1. Monitor Expiration Date: Designate a responsible individual within your organization to keep track of your SAM registration’s expiration date. Set up reminders well in advance to ensure timely renewal.
  2. Update Information: Before initiating the renewal process, review and update all necessary information, such as points of contact, bank account details, and representations and certifications.
  3. Create a Account: If your organization doesn’t already have one, create an account on the official SAM website ( You’ll need this account to access and manage your registration.
  4. Renew Registration: Log in to your account and select the option to renew your registration. Follow the on-screen instructions and provide any required updates or verifications.
  5. Be Patient: SAM renewal processing times may vary, so be patient while your registration undergoes review and approval. It’s advisable to initiate the renewal process at least 60 days before your registration’s expiration date.


Maintaining an active and up-to-date registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) is critical for organizations seeking federal contracts and grants. An expired SAM registration can lead to missed opportunities, delays in business operations, and even disruptions in existing contracts. To avoid these consequences, organizations must diligently monitor their registration’s expiration date and promptly initiate the renewal process. By doing so, they can continue to participate in the competitive federal procurement landscape and access various assistance programs to support their growth and development.

IMPORTANT: If you have any difficulty or get stuck at any point, please contact us to help you complete the process. We have done this for thousands of people just like you so we have the expertise and experience to get the job done.

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