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What is a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in SAM?

System For Award Management Registration Renewal and UEI Requirements


Please Note: is presently experiencing delays due to the large volume of requests so it is suggested that you complete your registration as soon as possible to prevent any extra hold-ups in financing. You can not execute your grant agreement without a legitimate UEI and SAM registration. You can call us to expedite the process should you need assistance.


 Get Started with Registration and the Unique Entity ID


Why Register a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)?

If you want to look for federal awards as a prime recipient, you require a registration.

Registration allows you to bid on government agreements and get federal assistance. As part of registration, we will assign you a Unique Entity ID.





If you do not want to use directly for awards, then you do not require a registration. If you just conduct specific types of transactions, such as reporting as a sub-awardee, you may not require to complete a registration. You might just need a Unique Entity ID.

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

All eligible payees are needed to have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) as part of registration in addition to maintaining an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

The Federal Government has actually transitioned from using the DUNS Number to the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) as the primary methods of entity recognition for Federal awards government-wide. UEIs are needed in accordance with 2 CFR Part 25, and the transition from DUNS to UEI has resulted in the UEI being released by the Federal Government in

Registered Organizations

If your company is currently registered in



with either an active or non-active registration, you have actually already been assigned a UEI. Your UEI is viewable on your entity’s registration record in 

Non-active or Updates to Registration

If you have an inactive registration or require to update your registration, you need to make sure that your renewal or updates occur on time and as required, but this does not affect whether you have been appointed a UEI. If you have a registration, you already have a UEI.

Prepare Your Data

For registration, you are required to provide a great deal of info about your entity. So get prepared to provide the required information.

If you are just asking for a Unique Entity ID and not finishing a registration, you only need to offer your legal service name and physical address.

If you select Register Entity, your Unique Entity ID will be assigned throughout the registration process. Registration is for organizations that want to straight bid on federal government agreements and request federal assistance.


System for award management



You can get a Unique Entity ID for your company without needing to finish a registration. If you just carry out certain kinds of transactions, such as reporting as a sub-awardee, you might not need to finish a registration. Your entity might only require a Unique Entity Identifier.

If you select to just get a Unique Entity ID, you can not use it directly for federal awards.

Create a New Registration

If you are not signed up in, produce a new registration by clicking the “Get Started” link under the “Register Your Entity heading in Beneficiaries, and other entities wanting to work with the Office of Planning and Budget (e.g., entities requesting a grant or getting an award), that are not currently registered in need to finish the “Register Entity” registration option and NOT the “Get a Unique Entity ID” alternative.

New Sam Registration

The “Get a Unique Entity ID” choice, which is not a full registration, is only available to entities for reporting functions. Failing to finish the “Register Entity” option might result in an incomplete grant application, loss of funding, loss of candidate eligibility, and/or hold-ups in receiving a grant award.

When assigned, the UEI number. it will never expire; nevertheless, entity registrations do expire yearly and require annual renewal. Please make sure that your organization renews its registration well in advance to the expiration date. The expiration date is noted in your entity record in

As noted earlier” is presently experiencing some delays due to the large volume of requests so it is advised that you complete your registration as quickly as possible to avoid any extra hold-ups in funding. You can not execute your approved contracts without a legitimate UEI and SAM registration.

If you need assistance with your renewal, you can contact us at 866-717-5267 or via email:

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