Register Your Business With the Government

Before you can bid on government contracts, you'll need to obtain a couple of registrations for your business.

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) requires contractor registration in the DoD Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to the award of any contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement, unless the award results from a solicitation issued on or before May 31, 1998.


    • The Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code is a five position code that identifies contractors doing business with the Federal Government, NATO member nations, and other foreign governments. The CAGE Code is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government and provides for a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. The code may be used for a Facility Clearance, a pre-award survey, automated Bidders Lists, identification of Debarred Bidders, fast pay processes, etc.  The Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS) has sole responsibility for assigning and maintaining the CAGE Code Master File.

  • Third:

    • Get a Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN)
      Create one when you register in Sams.  

  • Fourth:

    • Get your Online Representations and Certifications ( ORCA )
      ORCA is now an integral part of the SAM registration
      ORCA is an e-Government initiative that was designed by the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) to replace the paper based Representations and Certifications (Reps and Certs) process.
      Before Starting Your Application and Before you can enter ORCA you must:

In addition will want to learn about and get:

Your Tax Payers Identification Number  (TIN)
Your Joint Certification Program Certification  (JCP) 


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