Having to obtain or up-to-date a DUNS Number (Unique Entity Identifier) is the very 1st step in the SAM Registration & Certification process. During the SAM Registration process is when a CAGE Code (Commercial and Government Entity Codes) is assigned to an entity, which remains the same for the life of that entity. ALL Organizations, Businesses and Government Entities MUST have an updated DUNS Number in place at least 48 hours prior to submitting a SAM Registration for approval.
Dun & Bradstreet is an organization that assigns legal entities a nine digit number for business credit monitoring and tracking purposes. In order to submit a new or renewal of a SAM Registration to the DLA (Defense Logistics Agency), the legal entity must have an up-to-date DUNS Number in place. This information must also match exactly what the IRS and Secretary of State has on file for that legal entity as well. There are multiple cross checks to ensure that ALL DATA is up-to-date and matches exactly across all platforms in order for a SAM Registration to be approved. There are some time frames involved, special circumstances and a multitude of other items involved throughout the SAM Registration process.