In order to do business with the federal government or to apply for a grant, an entity must have a unique entity identifier. This is now known as a UEI number, which has replaced the old DUNS numbers. This transition has implications for any entity that does or intends to do business with the federal government, including small businesses seeking federal grants and awards. The transition allows the government to streamline its entity identification, validation, and registration processes by moving from Dun and Bradstreet (which assigns DUNS numbers) to a central registry within the System for Award Management (SAM).
In effect, the UEI will be required in order to access any federal systems that currently require the DUNS number. This includes the CPARS, FPDS, and FAPIIS systems. Those seeking federal grants, including small business grants, must also have a UEI. While the UEI will eventually replace the DUNS number, it does not replace D&B’s analytics services, which still offer valuable information, such as credit scores and ratings, that lenders may use when considering extending a loan to a company. To learn more about the UEI and the phase-out of the DUNS number, visit GSA’s resource page on the subject.
How Do I Find My UEI Number?
To find your UEI, enter your information to the System for Award Management (SAM). You’ll need to know your entity’s legal name and physical address, and you may be asked to validate that you are authorized to conduct transactions on behalf of that entity.
You’ll also be asked for the date and state of incorporation. Your UEI is then displayed on the screen, and you can save it or print it for your records. You can also use your UEI to access your SAM account and manage your federal registrations. You can also learn more about UEIs by visiting the UEI Technical Specifications and API Information page.
If you have an active DUNS number, you should have seen it automatically converted to a UEI as of April 4, 2022. Those who do not have a DUNS number or have an expired DUNS should begin obtaining one as soon as possible to take advantage of the available federal funding opportunities.