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What is a UEI Number for a Business?

A UEI (Unique Entity Identifier) number for a business is a 12-character alphanumeric identifier assigned to entities, including businesses, that register to do business with the U.S. federal government. This identifier is used within the System for Award Management ( and is required for any entity looking to bid on federal contracts, apply for federal grants, or conduct any business directly with the federal government.

The UEI is generated by the General Services Administration (GSA) and serves multiple purposes:

  • Identification: It uniquely identifies an entity within federal systems, facilitating easier management and tracking of contracts, grants, and transactions.
  • Streamlining Transactions: The UEI helps in streamlining procurement and grant processes by providing a single, standardized identifier for each entity across various federal agencies.
  • Transparency and Efficiency: By using the UEI, the federal government aims to enhance the transparency and efficiency of its operations and procurement processes.

If you need a UEI, or are unsure if you have one, USBRI can assist with the entire process. We have been helping businesses for over 11 years with registering and renewing SAM Registrations, as well as other Federal Certifications. Call the Help Desk at (888) 646-9998 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm EST to find out more about how USBRI can help you get started with government contracting.