The System for Award Management (SAM) is the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government. SAM collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions, including federal agency contract and assistance awards.

All current and potential federal government contractors are required to register in SAM in order to be awarded contracts by the federal government. Registrants are required to complete a one-time registration to provide basic information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. Registrants must update or renew their registrations at least once per year to maintain an active status. However, registration in no way guarantees that a contract will be awarded.

The SAM Quick Start Guides should be reviewed prior to beginning the SAM registration online.  These guides can be found in the SAM HELP section online at

Companies are also advised to review the “Registering to do Business with the Government” Tool found in the Contracting Tools section of the PTAC website before beginning the registration process.

For assistance completing the SAM registration, please contact the PTAC at SAP&DC at

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