What is a CCR or CAGE Code?

Do you need a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code?  Most states may ask for, but do not require a CAGE Code during Vendor Registration.  It is utilized by the U.S. Federal Government procurement agencies but seldom needed by the individual state or local purchasing offices.  You can register your firm with The Central Contractor Register (CCR) if you intend to bid on contracts for the federal government.  This is a FREE registration.

The Central Contractor Register (CCR) is the primary registration database for the U.S. Federal Government.  It maintains data in support of all federal procurement agencies so that vendors only need to register in one place.  Registering with CCR is a prerequisite before bidding on a federal contract.  It does not guarantee winning any contracts.   The registration process takes about 1 hour to complete and must be finished all at one time.  It is the responsibility of the registrants to maintain accurate and current information.

Registering with CCR is FREE.

How to register in CCR –

1.  CCR online RegistrationUsers will be unable to submit their registration online unless ALL mandatory information is provided

2.  Click “Start New Registration” – Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number required to begin registration

3.  Complete and Submit online registration – takes about 1 hour

The CAGE Code will be assigned upon activation of your registration

Categories of required and requested information include – ALL CATEGORIES INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

*General Information – DUNS number, CAGE Code, company name, Federal Tax ID Number (FEIN or EIN or TIN), location, number of employees, web site address, annual revenues and possible other depending on business (see our other articles about these subjects);

*Corporate Information – Type of business or organization and SBA-defined socioeconomic characteristics;

*Goods and Services – NAICS code (see our articles about commodity codes), Product Service (PSC) code, and Federal Supply Classification (FSC) code;

*Financial Information – financial institution, American Banking Association (ABA) routing number, account number, remittance address, lock box number, automated clearing house (ACH) information, and credit card information;

*Point of Contact (POC) Information – Primary and alternate points of contact and the electronic business, past performance, and government points of contact;

*Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Information – The EDI point of contact and telephone, email, and physical address (EDI information is optional and my be provided only for businesses interested in conducting transactions through EDI).

For more information, please visit FAQ – CCR.