The Intricacies of Getting Registered in SAM
Now that we understand why it is essential to have SAM registration, let’s delve into the steps involved in obtaining it, and just how complicated it is.
Obtain a UEI Number
A UEI (Unique Entity Identifier) number is a unique identifier assigned to a company or organization by the System for Award Management (SAM). It is used to track and identify entities registered in SAM. The UEI number serves as a replacement for the previous DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number that was previously used as the identifier in SAM. The UEI is a 12-character alphanumeric code that is assigned to each registered entity, and its purpose is to provide a standardized, unique identifier for businesses and organizations in government systems.
Gather Necessary Information
SAM registration requires a significant amount of business information, including the legal name, type of business, contact information, financial data, and banking details. Prepare this information in advance to expedite the registration process.
Create an Account
Visit the official SAM website (https://www.sam.gov) and create an account. It’s important to note that SAM registration is free, and any third-party companies charging a fee for the process are likely scams.
Enter Business Details
Input your company’s information accurately into the SAM database. Ensure that your legal name matches the one on your DUNS registration, as any discrepancies can result in delays or rejection.
Provide Required Documentation
Depending on your business type, you may be required to submit supporting documents such as the Articles of Incorporation, business licenses, or tax identification numbers.
Complete Representations and Certifications
SAM requires businesses to disclose various representations and certifications related to their business practices, size, and eligibility for specific programs. Answer these questions diligently and honestly.
Review and Submit
After entering all the required information, carefully review your application for accuracy. Once everything is verified, submit your registration. The SAM database requires annual updates to keep your information current.
Confirmation and Follow-up
Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email containing your registration details. Keep this confirmation for future reference, as it may be requested when responding to government solicitations or inquiries.