The Federal Government is Transitioning from DUNS to UEI

On April 4, 2022, the Federal Government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify businesses. At that point, entities doing business with the Government will use a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in


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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 through the Federal Government. 

Why Is the Government Making the Change?

Companies looking to get registered to do business with the Government will no longer have to go to a third-party website to obtain their identifier. Instead, this transition allows for streamlined entity identification and validation process, making it easier and less burdensome for businesses hoping to work with the Government. 

In short, this change will make registering with the Government far simpler.

What Does This Mean for Your Business?

According to the GSA, “If your entity is registered in today, your UEI has already been assigned and is viewable in”
Small businesses should be aware of the upcoming change to stay current with their registration. If your company is already registered in SAM, the transition will go unnoticed. 

However, if you aren’t registered with the Government, the system will see some enormous changes that you should watch out for. If you’re worried about the transition and would like to speak to a SAM Registration specialist, please contact us today at (866) 850-1710. 

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