SAM (System for Award Management) Registration – It’s Free!

There is never any cost to register in SAM – and free help is available for those who need it.

PTACs provide free help to small businesses registering in SAM, and they share their favorite tips in the video below.  The first step in government contracting, SAM is the primary supplier database for the U.S. Federal government, collecting, validating and storing data from suppliers and then making that data available to various government acquisition agencies. Your business MUST be registered in SAM to sell to the federal government.

GOOD NEWS:  There is no cost to register in SAM.  If you need help, your local PTAC can assist you – also at no charge!



Following a data breach in late March, all new and renewing SAM registrants are required to submit a notarized letter formally appointing an “Entity Administrator.” Once a notarized letter is on file, a new one is not required upon renewal unless your Entity Administrator changes.

General SAM Registration Tips: PTAC counselors help small businesses to navigate the SAM registration process every day.  They can answer your questions and provide tips to ensure that important information about your business is entered correctly, including completing your profile in the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database, so that you can be found by agency buyers and prime contractors who want to do business with you.  PTAC counselors can also help you keep your information “up to date” and assist you with the registration renewal process each year. Most importantly, once your registration is complete, your PTAC counselor can help you take the next steps in finding contract opportunities and marketing your business to government buyers. Find your PTAC and get started today!

See some of their favorite SAM registration tips below.



System for Award Management: Launched in July of 2012, SAM combines what had been the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). GSA is currently in the process of integrating additional legacy systems, recently migrating the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) into, with plans to add Wage Determinations Online (WDOL), FedBizOpps (FBO), and the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) over the next two years. Click here to learn more about future plans for SAM.