Update on SAM Registration and Renewal Process

June 28, 2018

New process should reduce SAM delays

GSA is implementing further changes with regard to System for Award Management (SAM) registrations and renewals:

Effective Friday, June 29, 2018: All non-federal entities creating or renewing their SAM registration will no longer need to have a notarized letter on file before their registration is activated.  They must still mail the original signed copy of the notarized letter to the FSD within 30 days of activation or risk their registration no longer being active.

Entities currently in pending status awaiting notarized letter approval will be processed into “Active” status on a rolling basis over the next few weeks.  GSA expects that all registrations/renewals will be processed by mid-July.

Help for Urgent cases: Entities still in pending status and facing an award, solicitation, or payment deadline – or similarly urgent situation – can request expedited approval of their notarized letter through their local Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).  CLICK HERE to find your nearest PTAC.

New Login-in Process:  Also effective June 29, 2018, a new, multi-factor authentication login will be implemented, as well as a process by which Entity Administrators will be notified when a change is made to their entity’s bank account information.

  • Users will be asked to create a Login.gov user account.  Their current SAM.gov username and password will no longer work.
  • To create a Login.gov user account, users will need to know the email address associated with their SAM.gov username and password, have access to that email to receive a confirmation email from Login.gov, and have a working phone (cell or landline) to receive a security code from Login.gov.

For full information, see GSA’s SAM Update page.


For help with SAM or other registrations – or any government contracting issue – contact your nearest PTAC.




 For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.