Register as a Potential Contractor

To do business with the Federal Government, businesses must register in the System for Award Management (SAM). Review a quick guide for updating or renewing SAM registrations. (May, 2018)

New security requirements when registering in SAM. (June, 2018)

SAM Disaster Response Registry Information
In order to be included in the Disaster Response Registry, the contractor must select yes when asked if it would like to add disaster relief data in the assertions section of their SAM registration.  The contractor will be asked if they require bonding when bidding on a contract and what their bonding levels are. They will also be asked in which states they can offer their products/services. Additional information is available here:


There is NO FEE to register or maintain your registration. If you get an email, text, or phone call from a company asking you to contact them right away about your registration, be cautious. If you are asked to pay money to complete or renew your registration, be cautious. These messages are not from the Federal Government. It is FREE TO REGISTER in for any entity. You engage third party vendors at your own risk.

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) provides free help to businesses registering in SAM.  Your business / organization MUST be registered in SAM to sell to the federal government or apply for a federal grant .

Upon completing your SAM registration, you will be given the option to update or register your business in the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). WPI strongly recommends that all small businesses registered in SAM also register in DSBS. DSBS is a searchable database used by government agencies as well as prime contractors to conduct market research to find small businesses that may be able to compete on a Federal prime or subcontract.

For additional information on this topic, please contact our staff of experts at or 414-270-3600