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What Happens if My SAM Registration Expires?


If your SAM (System for Award Management) registration expires, it can have significant implications for your organization’s ability to do business with the U.S. federal government. Here’s what typically happens when your SAM registration expires:

  1. Ineligibility for Federal Contracts and Grants: Once your SAM registration expires, your organization becomes ineligible to bid on federal contracts, apply for federal grants, or participate in federal assistance programs. Federal agencies require active SAM registrations from potential contractors and grant applicants as a prerequisite for doing business with them.
  2. Loss of Opportunities: Letting your SAM registration expire means you will miss out on federal opportunities that could be valuable to your organization. This includes potential contracts, grants, and other federally funded projects.
  3. Inactivity in Federal Procurement Systems: Federal procurement systems, such as the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) and the System for Award Management (SAM), will list your organization as inactive. This status can affect your visibility to federal agencies and prime contractors looking for subcontractors.
  4. Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS): Your performance on federal contracts may be tracked and evaluated through the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). An expired SAM registration could impact your ability to receive positive performance evaluations, which can be important for future contracting opportunities.
  5. Reactivation Process: To regain eligibility for federal opportunities, you will need to reactivate your SAM registration. Reactivation involves renewing your registration by updating and verifying your information. Be aware that reactivation may take some time, during which you may continue to miss out on opportunities.
  6. Lost Time and Effort: Allowing your SAM registration to expire can result in lost time and effort as you navigate the reactivation process. It’s important to plan for reactivation well in advance to minimize disruptions to your federal contracting or grant-seeking activities.

To avoid the negative consequences of an expired SAM registration, it’s crucial to:

By proactively managing your SAM registration, you can maintain eligibility for federal opportunities and avoid disruptions to your organization’s federal contracting and grant-seeking activities.


Need Help?

Contact the FPR Help Desk through the following methods:

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

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