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What is the meaning of SAM number?

What is a SAM Number?

The “SAM” or “SAMs” number refers to either the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) or CAGE Code assigned by the DLA. The UEI and CAGE Code are both identification codes used when you are applying for any federal contracts or grants. The way to obtain a UEI or CAGE Code is by registering an entity into SAM and going through the validation processes.

USBRI has offered filing assistance with the SAM Registrations since 2011. You can reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 and a Certified Registration Specialist (CRS) will be able to assist you and discuss options with you.

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

In 2022, the DUNS number was phased out and replaced my SAM’s own UEI. It is a string of 12 alphanumerical characters and is the identification assigned by SAM so business’s can be begin the process of doing with the federal government. If you need to apply for any grants, you must have a UEI.

Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code

CAGE Codes are assigned by the Defense Logistics Agency. The DLA assigns CAGE Codes to entities registered in SAM who want to bid on contracts as well as grants.

Know Your SAM Status

  • At the top of this page, select “Check SAM & UEI Status” in red
  • Input your company’s legal business name or UEI
  • Solve the security questions and select “Check SAM Status NOW”
  • Allow the page to generate a brief summary of your SAM Registration including information such as:
    • CAGE Code
    • Expiration Date
    • NAICS, PSC, and FSC Codes
    • POC’s
    • and more

You can also access the tool by clicking below

Need to Register or Renew?

If your SAM Registration is within 60 days of expiring, begin the renewal process NOW. Processing times are taking longer due to new policies so get in touch with a CRS today by calling the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998. You can also browse the USBRI Services page by clicking below to learn more.

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