What is a Unique Entity ID (UEI)?
The Federal Government uses a unique identifier, currently a nine-digit number, for each entity registered in their system.
For over 20 years, the Government has used the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) to separate and find entities more easily. That will now end in early April when the Government transitions to the Unique Entity ID (UEI).
The new UEI system will feature several changes, including:
While there has always been no fee to obtain a DUNS number, you were required to go through Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) to receive it. With the transition to UEI, everything will be completed within SAM.gov through the Federal Government.