Important: Prior to the System for Award Management (SAM) registration you must be registered with DUN & BRADSTREET and obtain a DUNS # in order to complete the SAM information. Please refer to Lesson 2: Proper Registration in Part 2: Understanding D&B and how to Obtain a DUNS number for Government Contracting to find out more on how to receive your DUNS # to start your SAM registration.
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR): Also keep in mind that all updates and important information regarding System for Award Management (SAM) will all be located in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or FAR Manual. The 2,200 plus page manual provides all key topics regarding SAM and all it’s entities. Using this FAR Manual as a reference is the best possible way to follow major guidelines in the government registration process.
Migrating your business and registering in SAM :
Step 1: Located on the top right side of the Home page, click where it says Create an Account. The first account creation page is titled “Personal Information.” Enter the information that pertains to you. When complete, click “Next.”
Step 2: The second account creation page is titled “Account Information.” When entering your username and password a pop-up will inform you if you have met all requirements (such as minimum length). Complete the security questions and answers. Keep in Mind: Answers to security questions are not case sensitive. These provide an alternate method of validating your identity in certain scenarios (such as if you don’t have access to your email account and forget your password). When complete click “Next.”
Step 3: On the summary screen, review the answers provided. For security reasons, the password will not be displayed. If you need to change anything, click “Edit.” Once you’ve confirmed all of the data is accurate, click “Submit.”
Step 4: An email from SAM.gov is sent to your email account. In the email, click the link provided to complete the account creation process.
Step 5: Return to SAM.gov, enter your username and password and click “Login” to complete the account registration.
Step 6: Click on Register /Update Entity
Step 7: Find your records in the Complete Registrations section and begin your update.
If you ever have any questions you can always call our Contractor Helpline 877-252-2700 ext 1 to speak with a live expert to help you become properly registered in System for Award Management.